Kohima, December 04 (NEx): The Minister of Rural Development, Metsubo Jamir inaugurated Sokhriezie Park at Kohima on December 04, 2020. Along with the park, the special guest also inaugurated Waste Disposal Vehicle and Sokhriezie Market today.
RD Minister Metsubo Jamir in his speech, expressed happiness at the completion of the park and also expressed gratitude to the T Khel members for their generosity so that various developmental activities could be taken up.
The Minister stressed on the various hurdles faced in the development of Kohima town and suggested for proper planning in the development of the town. He said that mental development and infrastructure development should go side by side. Jamir added that all developmental activities must strive for sustainability so as to secure the future of the future generations.
What’s interesting about the park is that, the lake area once looked like a garbage space between the busy street markets of BOC Kohima, but now it is like a brand new landscape and a new attraction in the area, as the lake which was left unattended for so many years has now been renovated, beautified and turned into a beautiful park.
A report from DIPR reads, ‘Sokhriezie’, is a centrally located lake in Kohima popular for its utility. In the days of yore, water from this lake was salty in nature, and the salt was available in abundance in this lake. Hence this special salt water was collected and used in cooking for community’s guests and beloved friends in those days.
It is also said that the khel community used to observe “genna” every year by bringing an unblemished and healthy cock to this lake (Sokhriezie) invoking blessings for good fortune and health upon the Tsutuonuomia clan. Etymologically, the word Sokhriezie is derived from the words ‘Sokhrie’ meaning ‘beloved guests’ and ‘zie’ means ‘lake.’ It was named as such because the water of this lake was reserved only for special people- Khel’s guests and beloved friends. As a matter of fact, Sokhriezie was and is still a very important place for Tsutuonuomia Khel in varied ways. History proves that ancestors attached great importance to this place and had protected this historical lake with great care.
The Chairman of T. Khel Thepfuvilie Suohu mentioned that the park was a long cherished dream plan to preserve, beautify and contribute to the people of Nagaland and with the intervention of Rural Development department this structure and design could be completed. Shohu on behalf of the elders blessed and wished this foundation a fruitful beginning.
The Event was compered by vireizeu Solo and Visasielie Suohu, Development Committee report given by K. Neibou Sekhose, Vice- Chairman Planning T. Khel Council, Special song presented by Vidisenuo Belho and Nourhengunuo Zatsu, Invocation by Atuo Whuorie Pastor Baptist Mission Church, word of appreciation delivered by Helievi-o Solo Vice- Chairman (Adm) T. Khel Council.
(With inputs from DIPR)