700 fruit trees planted inside Kangla fort in Manipur

700 fruit trees planted  inside Kangla fort in Manipur
Manipur CM planting fruit bearing tree sapling inside Kangla fort in Imphal. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 25 | Publish Date: 6/25/2019 12:14:47 PM IST

In a bid to take the recently launched CM’s Green Manipur Mission forward, chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday led a mass plantation drive inside the historic Kangla fort. 

Around 700 indigenous fruit bearing tree saplings were planted in the drive under the initiative of Kangla Board in association with department of art and culture, department of forest and directorate of environment. 

The chief minister suggested naming the new orchard as ‘Nura Heikol (Women’s garden of fruit)’. He opined that Langol forest and Kangla are often regarded as the lungs of Imphal city because main oxygen supply to the capital city is from the trees growing at these two places. As such, the government has a plan to grow more trees and develop thick forests at these two places and other areas, he added.

The CM informed that it was decided in a recent meeting of Kangla Board to plant 10,000 fruit bearing tree saplings inside Kangla alone, and added that he had advised the officials of department of horticulture and directorate of environment to plant the remaining saplings within a week. 

He further asked the officials concerned to assign an officer responsible for ensuring survival of the saplings.

Stating that the Kangla Board had decided to change all the names of gardens, orchards and sites of Kangla into indigenous/local names, the chief minister said that the Rock Garden located on the southern part of the fort would now be known as ‘Engellei Leikol’. 

The site, where tree saplings were planted today was earlier known as Biodiversity Park. 

This place would become an orchard within a few years, and as such it would now be known as ‘Nura Heikol’, he announced. 

The chief minister urged the people of the state to extend full cooperation and support to the CM’s Green Manipur Mission and make Manipur green.

Art and culture minister L Jayantakumar, revenue minister Karam Shyam, some MLAs and top officials of the state government attended the event.

Later, Singh also opened an LED display board run by Leibak Information Technology Pvt Ltd, Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai at the western gate of Kangla. 

The LED board will display advertisement and information related to Kangla and other information including news.


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