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PM lays foundation stone for Manipur Water Supply Project

PM lays foundation stone for Manipur Water Supply Project
Manipur chief minister Biren Singh speaking on the occasion.
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 23 | Publish Date: 7/23/2020 12:33:01 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the Manipur Water Supply Project worth Rs 3050 crore via video conference.

 In his address after laying the foundation stone, Prime Minister Modi said the Rs 3050 crores project would reduce water problems in the state and provide a huge relief especially to women. 

He maintained that apart from Greater Imphal, the project would benefit 25 small towns and 1700 villages in the state.

the Prime Minister claimed that about 25 lakh poor people of Manipur received free food grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). 

Similarly, more than 1.5 lakh women of the state have been given the facility of free cooking gas under the Ujjwala scheme, he added.  

He appreciated the Manipur government for making all necessary arrangements during the lockdown and special arrangements for the return of natives to the state.

State chief minister N Biren Singh who also spoke on the occasion,  said that the project will provide potable drinking water to every household of the state by 2024. 

The project funded by New Development Bank (NDB) was the largest single compact project ever sanctioned by the government of India for Manipur, he claimed.

The chief minister added that under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been visible positive change in Manipur in the last three years. 

“The culture of blockade and bandhs are a thing of the past,” he added. 

He said that with the support and cooperation of the people, there has been a cohesive and peaceful environment in the state under the present regime. 

Various developmental activities are being taken up in the state for the welfare of the people, he said adding that with the blessings of the Prime Minister, the government was able to construct  women’s markets in every district of the state.

The project is to be taken up under Jal Jeevan Mission of the Centre and aimed at providing safe and adequate quantity drinking water to every rural household of the country by 2024 with the motto “Har Ghar Jal”.

Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, Union minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, Union minister of state for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh, state deputy chief minister, cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary and other high ranking officials attended the function.

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