Construct road and rest house at Dzuko, appeals MMTA president Bijoy KakchingtabamIMPHAL | Dec 9
Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) has appealed the state government to construct road leading to Dzuko Valley from Manipur side and a rest house.
MMTA president, Bijoy Kakchingtabam while speaking to reporters at its Minuthong office said that there is a constant danger of trekkers from Manipur to take the route from Nagaland side to reach Dzuko Valley as they have faced several hurdles from the Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) and Southern Angami People's Organisation (SAPO), who claimed Dzuko Valley as their own land.
He added that recently a group of eight trekkers from Manipur lost their way in the face of wildfire at Dzuko Valley and they were taken into custody of Southern Angami and later handed to Nagaland Police. SAYO and SAPO charged the trekkers of starting the wildfire.
However after much persuasion and negotiation between officials of state government and Nagaland government, the trekkers were set free. The eight trekkers were part of the expedition team during the Manipur Sangai Festival and got separated from the main group due to the fire and exited their way through Nagaland.
He further said that agreement reached to seek the release of the trekkers, the members of MMTA have admitted their faults in trespassing the aged old standing rules of the valley custodian SAPO and SAYO. The trekkers have violated the agreement between Nagaland and state government, defining the entry point into the valley, he added.
As per the appeal from the state government representatives to SAPO and SAYO, the two organisations had also limited the penalty amount to Rs.5,000 instead of Rs.1 lakh.
However Bijoy said, “The claim made by SAPO and SAYO of being the sole custodian of Dzuko Valley is an outrage and we cannot comply with their claim.” He continued that the landscape of Dzuko Valley extends around 3 km of which two-third of the land belong to Manipur and the remaining to Nagaland. SAPO and SAYO can claimed legal custody of their portion but not legal custodian of all Dzuko Valley, added.
“We are sure not whether there has been agreement between Nagaland and Manipur government regarding entry and exit of Dzuko Valley by trekkers. If such document exists where is the proof of it? So with negligence of the proof, any trekkers can walk to the valley from Manipur side and make the same exit,” he added.
As a precautionary measure not to disturb the ecological surrounding of the Dzuko Valley, Bijoy also said that MMTA will not be pitching up camps inside the valley and instead to arrange at the foothill or atop the hills, that leads to the valley. “So in this regard, we have urged the state government to construct rest house and roads leading to Dzuko Valley,” he appealed.
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