NEC funded first amphitheatre in Zunheboto inaugurated | MorungExpress

Khehovi with others during the virtual inauguration of Surumi village amphitheatre on January 18.

Our Correspondent

Kohima | January 18

Nagaland Art & Culture and Tourism Advisor Khehovi H Yeputhomi inaugurated Suhumi village amphitheatre through a virtual mode at the conference hall of the Directorate of Tourism, Kohima on January 18. 

In his speech, Yeputhomi thanked the North Eastern Council (NEC) for the implementation of various development projects through which the construction of this amphitheatre was made possible.

“This is the first and only amphitheatre in Zunheboto District,” he said adding that the aims and objective of this project is to provide the much-needed platform in an around of Surumi village to promote and revive the rich cultural heritage in the form of folk songs and dances, theatre, indigenous games and sports etc, which is seriously threatened due to communities rapidly evolving into a modern society and the advancement of modern technology.

He said that this created arena will not only provide as a basic facility to promote the culture but will also act as a centre to promote local art and handicrafts, a platform to conduct trainings and awareness programme, host important functions of the local communities, district as well as state events too.

Promotion of our rich cultural activities will in turn promote tourism which will lead to creating avenues to generate income and improved the livelihood of the local communities, Yeputhomi said.

He also reminded the villagers to act as good custodians of this infrastructure which the government has graciously provided for the utility of the people.

He also congratulated the officials of the art and culture department, engineering wing, especially the contractor involved for completing this project prior to receiving the sanctioned amount of the project.

Further, Yeputhomi thanked the NEC, Government of India, and Government of Nagaland for the support and making this project a success for the state of Nagaland.

In technical report, Er Talitemsu Jamir, Executive Engineer PWD (H), Art & Culture, Kohima, Nagaland stated that the construction of amphitheatre for Cultural Tourism at Surumi village, Zunheboto was undertaken under the scheme of NEC, MH – 2552 (31).

He stated that the administrative approval was done on March 28, 2022 and sanctioned amount stand at Rs. 2.92 crore. The contractor is Multi Builders, NPW/C1-1/495. Work Order was issued on May 25, 2022. It was completed within 8 months against the 12 months given time of completion.

Jamir stated that this amphitheatre has a seating capacity of 1500 person and is inbuilt with a stage, a rostrum, toilet and change room for both ladies and gents.

The objective of the development of this amphitheatre at Surumi village aims to preserve and enrich the rich cultural heritage of the Nagas.

The project aims at achieving social economic benefits for the state of Nagaland and improving the quality of life of the people.

It aims to develop aesthetic sense thereby spreading the benefit to surrounding areas and local communities, Jamir stated.

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