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Behiang can be 2nd corridor to SE Asia, says Manipur CM

Behiang can be 2nd corridor to SE Asia, says Manipur CM
Manipur chief minister, N Biren Singh inaugurating a police station. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 24 | Publish Date: 6/24/2019 12:15:17 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday suggested developing Behiang, a village in Manipur Churachandpur district, bordering with Myanmar as second corridor to South East Asian nations.

“The location of the village is strategically important as it can serve as the second corridor to South East Asian nations next to Moreh in the light of India’s Act East Policy,” Singh said. Addressing the public during the inauguration of a police station at the border village, Singh said, Imphal-Behiang road (Tiddim road) must be developed as the second route which connects the state with South East Asian countries. 

It was his second visit to the village as a chief minister. During his maiden visit on December 19, 2017, Singh laid the foundation for the construction of the police station.

The chief minister said that the police station was set up understanding the need for security of the people residing at far-flung and interior areas like Behiang.  He said that a trade centre would also be developed at Behiang like Moreh to enhance trade activities with neighbouring Myanmar.

Asserting that Churachandpur-Singhat section road was already declared as a national highway, Singh said that he had requested the Centre to upgrade the remaining section from Singhat to Behiang to a national highway as well. “And I am hopeful that the said section would also become a national highway very soon,” he added. 

The chief minister said that the state government had submitted a Rs100-crore proposal to the Centre to construct a ring road along India-Myanmar border from the last village bordering Mizoram to the last point bordering Nagaland in Ukhrul district. Observing that it would ease inconvenience in security management as well, the chief minister expressed hope that the said proposal was likely to get approval as the country now has a “dynamic” Union home minister.

The chief minister further asked the personnel and officers posting at the newly inaugurated police station to especially check entry of illegal migrants and drug trafficking activities. He also directed them to attend to grievances of the villagers by holding “Meeyamgi Numit” every month. Hundreds of villagers clad in traditional attires welcomed the chief minister upon his arrival in an IAF helicopter at Behiang Football Ground around 11:30 am. 

Some ministers and MLAs from the ruling parties accompanied the chief minister during the visit besides top officials of the state government.

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