KOHIMA, Nov 14: President Ram Nath Kovind will attend the inaugural programme of the International Hornbill Festival in Nagaland on December 1. Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang said this at a meeting to review preparation of the festival to be held at Kisama heritage Village, 12 km off here.
The President is scheduled to arrive here on November 30 and will depart for New Delhi the next afternoon after the programme. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also attend festival on December 2, Zeliang said. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Judge of Supreme Court and Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles, Information & Broadcasting have also confirmed their participation.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda sonowal and Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu are also invited to take part in the inaugural function, however, they are yet to confirm their participation.
The chief minister asked the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd and the BRO to immediately repair the worst portions of NH-2 leading to Kohima and NH-29 till Kisama.
He also directed the state PWD to repair the roads in Kohima town and adjacent areas.
Zeliang discussed issues related to road maintenance, power supply, security, social work, traffic regulations etc.
The chief minister inspected the main Amphitheatre, Tribal Morungs and other structures and called upon the concerned departments and organisations to expedite preparations for successful conduct of the festival.
While renovations of Tribal Morungs are scheduled to be completed by November 25, the district administration would look into the removal of all unused vehicles parked along NH-29.
Mass Social work is scheduled to take place on November 25 in all the towns starting from Dimapur to Kohima till Kisama Heritage village.
Others dignitaries invited for the festival included union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gatkari, Dr. Jitendra Singh Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu
Hornbill festival is an annual event organised by the state government.