Manipur CM felicitates navy deep divers

Manipur CM felicitates navy deep divers
Manipur CM N Biren Singh falicitating search teams of recent boat tragedy at Mapithel Dam of Manipur on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 4 | Publish Date: 5/4/2019 11:43:10 AM IST

Manipur chief minister felicitated teams who played the main role in fishing out three missing bodies of Mapithel Dam boat tragedy in Imphal on Saturday.

One of the three missing bodies was fished out by the villagers of Ramrei and Chadong villages who took active part in both rescue and search operation for the missing bodies.

It was only after they recovered one the bodies on the fifth day of the search operation that deep divers of Indian Navy retrieved the bodies of two remaining bodies from the near the  area  where   the first body was located on the sixth day of the operation.Apart from the team of deep divers of Indian Navy, others who were felicitated by the chief minister on saturday at his secretariat were team members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), state fire service, police, Indian Army, Red Cross Society and villagers of surrounding of Mapithel Dam.

The chief minister also honoured the villager (boat sailor) who rescued nine of the 12 local tourists from  two boats that capsized on April 28 evening by the impact of strong cyclonic storm that hit the dam site. 

Speaking on the sideline of the facilitation function, the chief minister said that the government will soon notify Mapithel Dam as a tourism site of the government.

Mapithel Dam (also known as Maphou Dam) is a mega dam of the Thoubal River Valley Multipurpose project located at Mapithel area in Phungyar subdivision of Kamjong district targeting to irrigate 21,000 hectares of cultivable land and supply 7.5 MW of power.

After the dam was commissioned in 2015, the reservoir and its surrounding areas became one of the main tourist attraction sites of the state. However, the state government was yet to be notified it. The chief minister said that government will develop the dam site as one of the tourism spots of the state.

Before notifying, the government  will install all the necessary infrastructure including safety measures for the tourists, he said.

He also announced government providing branded boats to the villagers of Chadong and Ramrei villages who were engaging in the tourist boat service.

“Branded boats will be provided to the villagers soon. They can avail the boats through loans and government is also considering giving subsidy while supplying the boats,” he said. Singh further said that the government was framing a strict guideline for  tourist service providers and tourists while visiting the sites.

The chief minister expressed his gratitude to all who participated in the six-day long rescue and search operation in the dam reservoir.

Manipur CM interacts with indian navy diving team
The Chief Minister of Manipur who interacted with the India Naval Diving Team on Saturday, has appreciated the efforts of Indian Navy to deploy the Naval Diving Team to Imphal and successfully locate and recover three siblings of a family who were reported missing in an unfortunate incident of a capsized boat.   
A press release by the Press Information Bureau ( defence ) stated that the 14 member Team were airlifted  from Visakhapatnam by an IAF aircraft on 01 May and the Naval divers undertook extensive search using site scan sonar and grapnels on May 2 and 3 and eventually  recovered bodies of three missing personnel.

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