Meghwal inspects flood affected areas in Manipur

Meghwal inspects flood affected areas in Manipur
Union minister of state for water resources Arjun Ram Meghwal inspecting areas affected by flood in Imphal on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAl, Jul 4 | Publish Date: 7/5/2018 12:11:06 AM IST
Union minister of state for water resources Arjun Ram Meghwal, who is in Imphal on a two-day visit on Wednesday inspected areas affected by the recent flood.
The union minister also inspected the completed and under construction major dams in the state along with state water resources minister Letpao Haokip and officials of the department concern.
Talking to media after inspection, the union minister said that his visit was to take stock of the situation of the recent flood in the state and to relay the ground reality and severity of the damages to the higher level at the Centre. 
Asserting that the Centre was taking serious note on the recent flood, which has affected several parts of the state, he assured that his ministry will provide necessary fund to restore normalcy at the best possible level.
He added that his visit was also to look for a long term policy and make arrangement to prevent flood in future in the state claiming that the Central government does not believe in mere short term measures. 
“If the problem is not addressed with a long-term vision, the problem will become worse and people will suffer repeatedly due to the cumulative effect,” he said.
He added that the Centre was giving special focus to North East as the region remains backward in comparison to the rest of the states. 
State water resources minister Letpao Haokip said that his department will urge the Centre to release all the pending liability of the state while asserting that there was a pending liability of Rs 111 crore for the Thoubal Dam and Rs 25 crore of the Dolaithabi project, both under FMP. The minister further said that he would seek special fund package from the Centre to the state for taking up rehabilitation and other related works. 
During the visit, the Union minister held interaction with aggrieved victims of the flood whose houses have been swept away or damaged. The union minister is also scheduled to inspect the work progress of Dolaithabi Barrage Project and Thoubal Multipurpose Project in Thoubal district bordering Ukhrul and Imphal East districts on Thursday. 

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