Manipur CM lays foundation stones for projects worth Rs 647 crore

Manipur CM lays foundation stones for projects worth Rs 647 crore
N Biren Singh (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 28 | Publish Date: 8/28/2020 12:08:49 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday laid foundation stones for 375 surface minor irrigation schemes, 550 ground water irrigation schemes and 151 infrastructure projects to be taken up in different districts through video conference in a function held in Imphal’s City Convention Centre. 

The projects are to be taken up with financial assistance from the Union ministry of Jal Shakti and the Union ministry of minority affairs at a total estimated cost of Rs 647 crores. 

Deputy commissioners of different districts unveiled plaques of foundation stones in  their respective sites on behalf of the chief minister.

Addressing the occasion, Singh claimed that the BJP-led coalition government has been able to take up various key developmental works within a short span of around three and a half year. 

Projects such as Go to Village, Go to Hills, Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day had enabled the government to identify the people’s needs and wishes, he added. 

The chief minister said that he had instructed  concerned officials and agencies to complete all projects whose foundation stones were laid today by August next year.

Maintaining that there is need for enhancement of irrigation facilities to be self reliant in food production, Singh said the state government had revived 250 defunct lift irrigation schemes when the state faced drought last time. 

Though the minor irrigation department was a little known department in the past, it has started playing a key role in enhancing irrigation facilities ever since the new government had come, he further claimed.

Singh also said that out of the 151 infrastructure projects for which foundation stones were laid today, many residential schools, working women’s hostels and medical facilities were included. 

Stating that people spend huge a huge sum in children’s education, the chief minister expressed hope that people need not send their children to Imphal or outside the state for education once these residential schools start functioning.

The chief minister added that a guest house for the village chiefs of different districts of Manipur would be constructed at an estimated cost of around Rs seven crore inside Royal Palace complex, Imphal. 

He also informed that Barak and Makru bridges along Imphal-Jiribam highway would be completed by December this year.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister also laid the foundation stones for river lift irrigation schemes with lined canal and a working women’s hostel at Kyamgei Mamang Leikai in Imphal East district.

Among others, the occasion was attended by state deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, CAF and PD minister Karam Shyam, water resources minister Letpao Haokip, forest and environment minister Awangbow Newmai, MPs RK Ranjan and Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba, MLAs and high ranking officials of the state government.


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