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Despite pending alignment, improvement works of NH-53 will be taken up: Ibobi
Correspondent IMPHAL, JULY 12:
Published on 13 Jul. 2010 1:13 AM IST
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Manipur government is committed to go on with the controversial Tipaimukh Multi-purpose Project, said Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh at ongoing budget session on Monday.
He also revealed that improvement works of road and bridges at NH-53 (Imphal-Jiribam section), which was stalled due to pending realignment of road with the coming up of Tipaimukh Dam has started and that it would be completed by March next year.
Central government had stopped releasing funds for maintenance of road and bridges on this stretch of highway considering the need for realignment, Ibobi said observing that some portions of the road passing through Barak River would be submerged once the Tipaimukh dam came up.
In reply to a question raised by opposition leader, Radhabinod Koijam of NCP in the House today, the government said it was committed towards construction of Tipaimukh Multi-purpose Project, which is joint venture project between the state government (5), National Hydro Power Project Corporation (NHPC)-69 percent and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (26), while adding that the cost of the project targeting to produce 1500 megawatt is estimated at Rs 8138.79 crore.
Keeping in mind that the dam, if constructed, would submerge the Barak basin measuring up to 275 square kilometer and also NH-53 from Barak to Mapou into water, the central government has been reluctant to release funds for development of the highway, stated, Ibobi.
However, taking no chances, the state government was committed to take up improvement works on NH-53 by converting eight small bridges into RCC bridge.
Clarifying on the government’s decision to take over maintenance works on NH-53 from the Border Road Organisation (BRO), the chief minister said it was due to neglect and low quality work by the BRO that the government has been pressing the Union Ministry to handover the work to the state PWD.

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