Calcutta, Nov. 16: Nagaland House at Salt Lake, which was commissioned in 2005, was inaugurated here today in the presence of the state’s chief minister Neiphiu Rio, governor Nikhil Kumar and home minister Imkong L. Imchen and other dignitaries.
Imchen praised the contractors and everyone involved with the project for its timely completion and quality execution. “This house was completed within the timeframe mentioned in the detailed project report, thanks to the good work of the contractors,” he said.
He said the house would serve as a good option to stay for students, businessmen and others from Nagaland who were passing through the city or were staying here.
“We have also planned to serve Naga cuisine at the house for people staying in the house, Nagas in the city and also for everyone to have a taste of the state’s cuisine,” he said.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio spoke of the importance of another house in the city.
“It is a proud moment for Nagaland to have another guesthouse in the city because this is a gateway to the Northeast. The other house in Shakespeare Sarani is in the heart of the city but to travel to and from the airport was difficult because of the traffic,” he said. The house at Salt Lake will be more convenient because it is far from the city hub and is comparatively free of traffic congestions.
He said there are five functional Nagaland Houses in the country in Delhi, Shillong, Guwahati, Calcutta and Mumbai and two are under construction.
“The building is almost ready at Vashi in Navi Mumbai and work is in good progress at Dwarka in Delhi,” he said.
Rio said the new house would also be a boon for those who come to the city for medical treatment. He also thanked PABSCON and its head Arun Sarkar, who were responsible for the construction.
He said the city was close to his heart, as he studied in Sainik School, Purulia, and did his college education from North Point, Darjeeling.
“I feel at home in Calcutta,” he said.
Governor Nikhil Kumar praised the elegance of the building. “I look forward to make use of it at the earliest,” he said.
He added that as chief minister Neiphiu Rio was fond of Bengali cuisine, it should also be served along with Naga cuisine at the house.