By Alex Guite
LAMKA, September 6: “It is a humble beginning but nonetheless a good beginning as it will cater to the cleanliness prospect of the town as the saying goes cleanliness is next to Godliness,” said Churachandpur DC PK Jha today regarding spitting boxes installed in the district.
He was speaking at the inaugural of the installation of more than 30 spitting boxes called “Chil Bawm” along the Tiddim Road and other major intersections in Lamka town.
The project was launched under the initiative of the CT Lian Convenience Store and media persons particularly, the Churachandpur Reporters Association (CRA).
The DC also added that the next time around the district administration will collaborate with today’s organisers to work for the betterment of the Lamka town.
Another special invitee, CEO, ADC Churachandpur Manmuanching lauded the organisers and said that through their effort, spitting in public places will be minimised.
She further dwelt on the importance of non-government organisations and the public to initiate such good works.
The brief programme was held along the Tiddim Road-side at the Nehru mark-IB Road junction around 2:30pm.
Other than the two officers, the programme was also attended by leaders of student bodies like the ZYA, ZSF, YPA and the Lamka Town chief Thangkhosuanmung Guite.
The SP, Churachandpur couldn’t attend the programme due to a prior commitment.
The spitting boxes are sponsored with a charity event of the release of a local film “Heina Peuh Ah” at the Churachandpur College campus and with financial aids from Singat MLA GS Haupu, ADCC chairman Langkhanpau Guite and EM of ADCC Kamsuanlun apart from many social workers.
CT Lian the co-ordinator of the project and chairman of CRA Biak Tonsing said that they raised a fund with the selling of the film’s disc and had spent almost Rs 1 lakh for the project to be inaugurated today.
Tonsing appealed to the Lamka locals to use the boxes particularly those who chew pan and to throw things cigarette butts.
Co-ordinator of the project told the IFP that they had been carrying out such activities in the past but lack of public awareness had hindered its utility. He also said that the people need to maintain the public properties.
“We must not wait for the government alone to act, but take the initiative by ourselves so that the government can back us up” he continued.
Sesiem, who is a core member of the project organiser thanked the general masses for their participation.