Train will reach Imphal by 2022: Manipur CM

Train will reach Imphal by 2022: Manipur CM
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh felicitating councillors at a function.
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 18 | Publish Date: 1/18/2020 10:41:53 AM IST

Train will be reaching Imphal by 2022, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said on Saturday even as the latest completion target set by Northern Frontier Railway was 2013.

“Construction works (for the railway project) are going on in full swing to achieve the target of railway line reaching Imphal by 2022,” Singh said. 

The chief minister was talking to reporters on the sideline of a party (BJP) function at state party office here Saturday.

He claimed the ongoing construction of the longest railway tunnel of the Tupul-Imphal railway line was half completed and the rail track lying work will be reaching Kaimai in Tamenglong district before April 2020.

The Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal New Line Project was taken up as national project with the latest revised estimated Rs 13,000 crore. Out of this total estimated cost, Rs 7000 crore has been spent till March last year.

The deadline for completion the railway project was extended several times citing repeated disturbances to the construction work and the latest target was 2023 as stated by construction general manager NK Prasad of NFR on December 1, 2019.

Responding to another query from the reporters, the chief minister said that the state government was working to make Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 a 24-hour vehicular service highway.

Once the constructions of news bridges on Barak and Makru rivers completed, making the highway a round clock serviceable highway will be possible, he said.

Singh assured construction of the bridges will be completed by May this year, claiming that the foundation work for the bridges were near completion and parts of the bridged being assembled in Siliguri of West Bengal will be brought for installation soon. Besides, he said Centre has sanctioned a project for construction of new bridge over Makru River on the same highway in Noney district with Rs 43 crore. 

“Once all these projects are completed, there will be 24-hour vehicular service along the NH-37,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister attended a function felicitating six councillors of Oinam Municipal Council of Bishnupur district including its chairperson and vice chairperson and one member of Moreh ADC of Tengnoupal district joining the BJP. 

In his address at the function, the chief minister mocked opposition Congress’s demand for a fair and corruption free recruitment in the state.

He claimed that his government was always transparent and promised that only the qualified and fit candidates will be recruited in the upcoming recruitment of personnel for the new IRBns.

The chief minister said that the party (Congress) was known for many recruitment scams in the past and now it was advising the BJP led government to adopt transparency in the conduct of recruitment for government jobs.

Singh said that BJP was the only party that has worked sincerely for the protection of indigenous people of the state while reminding Centre introducing Inner Line Permit System in the state.

He further said, “BJP is the only party that one can join if wants to serve the people and motherland wholeheartedly.”

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