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Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 6
The mural painting undertaken by Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) at PWD colony Dimapur near West Police Station is perhaps the lengthiest mural painting in the northeast.
The total length of the Yimkong Sidewalk and Mural is 190 metres and the work is attributed to the ASUD which initiated the project in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee celebrations. The artwork was carried out with assistance from the Dimapur Municipal Council.
Speaking to The Morung Express on the sidelines of the inaugural programme on Thursday, ASUD President, Lanutoshi Aier said that the Union has signed an MoU with DMC to adopt the place and would continue to maintain it as long as it can. The works started on June 17, 2018 and completed in the last week of November.
Talking about the difficulties in carrying out the work, Lanutoshi said they had to whitewash the walls at least four times owing to spits before the painting could start. “Even after completion, there were spits all over the paintings and we had to redo it,” he said and appealed the public to maintain a sense of belongingness. He said the sidewalk and mural painting was a gift to the citizens of Dimapur from the ASUD in commemoration of its golden jubilee celebrations.
“If we all maintain a sense of belongingness for every public property, it will encourage more people to take up such projects,” he said. The president informed that more than Rs 5 lakh was spent to finish the project with some assistance from the DMC.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the sidewalk, CEO, Investment & Development Authority, Government of Nagaland Alemtemshi Jamir who was the special guest lauded the ASUD for presenting a work of art blended with love and care for the people. He encouraged the ASUD to continue with their good works.
“We tend to blame the government for every chaos but it is actually because of us,” he said adding that with such new thoughts and ideas as the ASUD people have a hope for the future.
“We are standing on a threshold of society where people have started to give back to society. We take everything free yet expect the best. That is not the way society survives,” he said.
Talking about the backward tag in Nagaland, the former chief secretary described it only as a nomenclature and said people with the tag were indeed “special people.”
DMC Administrator, Moa Sangtam said that the mural painting of more than 1000 feet was the lengthiest of its kind in the northeast. He lauded the Ao community for contributing the most for “A Better Dimapur Project” and thanked them for their efforts.