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High level team leaves Imphal for Moreh
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 27:
Published on 27 Jun. 2010 11:16 PM IST
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A high level official team of Manipur government led by additional chief secretary, Lamkunga Sunday left Imphal for border town Moreh to inspect the work of Integrated Check Post at the international border with Myanmar.
The team was supposed to leave yesterday led by chief secretary DS Poonia but was deferred to Sunday today as DS Poonia was summoned to New Delhi along with with Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh who left for New Delhi today.
The team includes officials of trade and commerce among others who would camp till Monday and inspect the construction of Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh town and fencing at the international border with Myanmar at Moreh section.
The ICP in Moreh is among the 11 ICPs along the international border of the country and is aimed at boosting the trade and commerce with neighbouring Asian countries.
Union ministry of trade and commerce had already released Rs 70 crore for the development of the check post at the border. Land acquisition works have been completed.
The six member team will also inspect the controversial sites along the border where fencing work is in progress between pillar 79 and pillar 81 at Moreh by the Border Road Organisation (BRO).
The fencing is being erected to check illegal trade through Moreh, and also to check drug trafficking which has become a source of concern for quite sometime now.
The United Nations Drug Control Programme and the International Narcotic Control Board in their reports in 2001, identified Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram as the transit points for illegal drug trafficking from across the border.
The report stated that these three states were fast emerging as the epicenter of the narco business. The flow of drugs from across the border has already caused an AIDS epidemic in the region turning it into a high risk zone.

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