Itanagar: Ziro-Hapoli MLA Tage Taki on Tuesday said that he wants to reinstate community fencing in the valley by using government funds. “This will encourage the locals who left farming and chose other professions due to lack of the fencing facilities,” said Taki who just created history getting re-elected to Ziro-Hapoli assembly constituency of Arunachal Pradesh.
In a tete-a-tete with EastMojo, the legislator said Ziro is an agricultural valley and most of the people were into farming but due to problems like lack of community fencing and water crisis people are leaving the age-old profession.
Previously, people in the valley used to build fences in between the fields and forests during the farming season. Due to this, domestic animals were kept inside the circumference of the fencing while farming was done outside. However, now-a-days, due to decrease in manpower and materials in the forests, people in Ziro are not able to carry out their agricultural work properly, added Taki.
The MLA also wants to make some provisions for double harvesting where people will get to cultivate vegetables using government schemes. During winters, the fields of Ziro are usually unused, so people can use them for cultivating seasonal vegetables, he said.
In terms of tourism for which Ziro is popular in the state and outside, Taki said, “Ziro is a well-liked tourist destination not only for the people of state but also for the outsiders. It, however, needs some makeover and for that I have already started some projects and some are yet to start.”
As adventure tourism is blooming these days, tracking routes have been already started for the tourists. For recreational purposes, lakes are being built. One lake is on the verge of completion while construction of two others are yet to start, the legislator added.
Lakes and other recreational amenities will not only be beneficial for the tourists but also will help people from nearby towns and capital to come to Ziro during weekends for leisure, Taki said.
The much-loved trekking destination ‘Talley valley wildlife sanctuary’ is also facing many issues in terms of tourism. “I am trying to build resorts, rest houses, tracking routes and introduce guide facilities so that eco-tourism can be improved in the area,” said Taki.
When questioned about the dilapidated condition of roads connecting Ziro with other areas of the state, the legislator acknowledged that the construction of Potin to Pangin road has been in talks since 1990 but massive changes haven’t been achieved till date.
“During my last tenure, some of the stretches were repaired. However, the complete road wasn’t mended properly. As of now, the tender for this particular national highway has been initiated in New Delhi, so we don’t have to worry much about the said stretch of road,” informed Taki.