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Tamenglong yet to see development
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 12:
Published on 13 Mar. 2011 12:41 AM IST
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Despite various development programmes including centrally sponsored flagship schemes being taken up in the state, many villages in the remote areas of Manipur are yet to see the light of development.
The villages of Bamgaijang, Zeiladjang, Taijijang and Tongtao of the most backward district of the state are among the most deprived villages among others. There are no metallic roads, no electricity and government schools are running only in name sake.
Bamgaijang village is 25 km from the district HQ. Entry to this village is only through Akhui village on the Khongsang to Tamenglong road.
Bamgaijang village authority secretary, Guidunang said the village is accessible by vehicle only during dry season. Villagers have to carry patients on make shift stretchers to reach Akhui for the onward journey to the district hospital.
He stated there has been no power supply for more than 12 years and power lines have since been stolen. MGNREGS provides some work but wages are not given in time, he added.
Khiujuanang Gonmei (80) of Bamgaijang village said no government officer had ever visited their village. He wanted the state government to set up a dispensary in his village which would also serve the surrounding villages of Taijijang, Makuai, Duilengphai, Tuichamphai, Ramlalong, Venchengphai, Zeiladjang, Tongtao and Thiulon. In the nearby villages of Taijijang, Zeiladjang and Tongtao too there is no power and health care centres.
Meinganthuiyang Kamei, chairman of Taijijang village lamented that their main source of income was through the MGNREGS and from fishing. He drew the attention of the concerned authority to construct a bridge over the Barak river to connect Bamgaijang and Taijijang at the earlier. He also appealed for construction of a waiting shed and a guest house for outsiders who come to visit the Barak waterfall and the Zeilad lake.
The village chairman said the fertile land of the Barak valley is very productive, but due to poor connectivity roads, there is no place to sell the products.
The road from Khongsang to Barak bridge point at Namtiram Ghat and then to Dikiuram under RSVY remains incomplete though the contractor has submitted the completion report two years back.

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