Kohima blooms amidst COVID-19 pandemic gloom

ECCO Club members busy preparing their flower pots for contribution to the Greenline movement.
ECCO Club members busy preparing their flower pots for contribution to the Greenline movement.

Morung Express News
Kohima | July 25

What started as a small gesture by two anonymous gentlemen who donated potted plants for beautification of the capital town of Kohima has transpired into a huge movement both among the young and old giving an enormous add on to the ‘Green Line.’

In a unique endeavour, the two gentlemen voluntarily set up flower pots in one of the stretches of Kohima city at Old MLA junction with the intent to add beauty, freshness and colour to the city.

And unknown to them, their seemingly small gesture has opened the floodgates with overwhelming response from citizens of all ages and walks of life. The Morung Express was informed that more than 40 individuals and groups have together donated close to 120 potted plants till now.

“From housewives to professionals, children to the old, some as far as Jotsoma have brought in their prized possessions. It’s unprecedented how willfully citizens have responded,” said an official from the office of Kohima Municipal Council.

The response, he said, has been overwhelming and that it has received lots of feedbacks on the preparations that are on to add to the ‘Green Line.’ He also maintained that this is totally a ‘thorough unique community initiative’ and appealed the citizens to keep adding on till the entire road stretch of Kohima is pot filled with greens and plants from one end to the other.

When enquired on the maintenance, he was of the view that “it has to be the citizen’s call and that we should not continue to depend but put in our collective efforts.”

This modest initiative by the anonymous gentlemen has caught the citizens of Kohima unaware, but no doubt has kick started a ‘chain reaction’ wherein it was learnt that the wards under Kohima municipal are mulling to adopt the stretches within their respective jurisdictions for maintenance.

Amidst the gloom and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small gesture from somewhere have sparked a light bringing people together for a common cause and a feeling of optimism of something to look forward to.