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Manipur Bhavan in pathetic condition
Published on 11 Jul. 2010 11:09 PM IST
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While Manipur’s neighbouring states has their house with vivacious look in Meghalaya, its heritage building lately named as Manipur Bhavan is however in pathetic condition with no rooms for guest to be accommodated.
The heritage building believed to have been built by Maharaja of Manipur decades ago, located in the heart of Shillong city at Laitumkhrah and surrounded by educational institutions like St Margret Higher Secondary School, St Mary’s College and Shillong College. Reportedly, during Maharaja’s reign, King of Manipur used to come and stay in the house only during vacation.
With only six rooms including kitchen, the Bhavan at present cannot accommodate any guests coming from Manipur to Shillong.
It is being manned by Yireichan Rahing who took over as Caretaker of the Bhavan on November 22, 2006. Apart from the Caretaker, the dilapidated structure has only an assistant Caretaker and a Chowkidar to look after.
“Shillong being an academic centre, construction of new house is the need of the hour,” Rahing told Imphal Free Press.
Built within an area of 82,000 square feet, the Bhavan which is of heritage in nature but poor maintenance has little scope for renovation except for initiatives to dismantle the structure to pave way for construction of a new multi-storey building that can accommodate visiting guests and ordinary people for their short stay.
Rahing said that many students from Manipur and their parents had approached him several times for accommodation during their short stay in Shillong especially those who came just for appearing job exams or seek admissions in schools and colleges.
“In the absence of rooms and facilities for accommodation in the Bhavan, they have no option but to stay in hotels,” Rahing stated.
The Caretaker of the Bhavan informed that earlier the Manipur government had planned to construct new building but has no latest information on the proposal.
He also said that last year Chief Minister Ibobi Singh paid a visit to the Bhavan and assured of taking steps for construction of new building.
However within the campus of the Bhavan there are four tenants who are occupying despite the vacation notice served to them by the Manipur government few years back.
According to the Bhavan’s Caretaker, the tenants – K Kamaljit Singh, K Pulin Singh, L Dhojo Singh and Phannindra Singh all from Silchar challenged against vacation notice of the government in a lower court in Shillong and they got a stay order.
The case is still pending in the court and the tenants are still occupying within the campus of the Bhavan.
It is also not sure if legal dispute with the tenants is one of the hurdles for the Manipur government to speed up the process for construction of a new building within the land.

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