Friday, August 19, 2022

5 Pologrounds to come up in Manipur


Manipur chief minister, N.Biren Singh on Tuesday announced that Pologrounds will be developed in all the five valley districts of the state.
He made the announcement during an inspection to a newly set up pony breeding ground in Imphal’s Lamphelpat.
Singh inspected the 30 acre pony breeding ground which was allocated to Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA).
He also inspected the pony breeding site at Pangei, Imphal East.
Talking to media at Lamphelpat, Singh informed that a Polo ground each would be developed at five valley districts where Sagol Kangjei (polo) ground at Wangjing Tentha in Thoubal district will be developed first.
He said that pony has been associated with Manipur since time immemorial and had taken an important role in driving out the Awa (Burmese) from the erstwhile kingdom during the infamous seven years devastation period.
“However, due to lack of breeding ground, we could see lots of pony gathered at many roads leading to certain accidents and endangering the survival of the species.
As such, the state government along with MHRPA had started bringing the ponies to breeding ground,” Singh said.
The chief minister said that he was surprised to learn from experts that Manipur pony is the only horse breed which has adaptability for feeding at swampy land while expressing his proud feeling for the uniqueness of the pony.
He maintained that the state government had been taking up all possible measures to safeguard the Manipur pony and urged the pony breeders not to let their ponies gather at roadside and to bring them to the breeding ground at Lamphelpat if the breeders don’t have such facilities at their places.
Later, the chief minister also took stock of the progress of construction of a polo ground at Ibudhou Marjing Eco-Tourism Park in Imphal East district.
Singh was accompanied by tribal affairs and hills minister Letpao Haokip, social welfare minister Heikham Dingo and MLA Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei among others during the inspection.

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