A vertical transportation at Nongtraw village was today launched by NESFAS as part of its innovations project, “No One Shall Be Left Behind Initiative” funded under Rural Electrification Corporation (REC).
The vertical transportation is expected to support farmers in transportation of agricultural produce, livestock and other materials through the steep hills of the village, which constitutes in the Khadar Shnong area.
The only way in and out of Nongtraw is through a trek up and down 3500 steps. The village is also known for its outstanding heritage on traditional farming and this innovation will also contribute to transporting local foods that come out of jhum cultivation, NESFAS said.
NESFAS said the success of the innovation is also credited to the strong determination of the Village Development Council (VDC) and the community as a whole. It aims to boost the transportation of farming and other goods to the market.
Pius Ranee, Executive Director, NESFAS said “Our goal is to create a cost effective innovation and it only required a metallic cable wire and a few other things. This transportation only depends on the laws of Physics and does not require electrical or fuel energy.”
On behalf of Nongtraw community, Ranee said, “Road connectivity will still be a long wait for us, but this rope way transportation will ease down our daily suffering”.
“Unlike other programmes which require long time preparations and grand fair, this one is unique. We’re getting a chance to be one with nature, sitting on top of the mountains, the true beauty is what it means to be traditional in every aspect; be it food or the surroundings, for we have been taught to preserve and value everything from the olden days”, KHADC CEM Titosstarwell Chyne who attended the function as chief guest said.
Chyne has also decided to sponsor the same facility to Dewlieh community, which is a neighbouring village.
Suklin Dohling Assistant Secretary, Dorbar Shnong Nongtraw also expressed his gratitude to NESFAS on behalf of the community members and said that the initiative is one of the greatest achievements for the people of Nongtraw.
At the event, the community was also handed the certificate of the recent Best 2021 Sustainability Publication award by Hallbars and the Alfred Nobel Museum.
NESFAS team, village headman, community members and community representatives from nearby villages attended the programme.