Flood lighting at Khuman Lampak sports complex may complete by December

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 18, 2019: The installation of flood lighting system at the main stadium and Hockey stadium at Khuman Lampak sports complex, construction of artificial football turf at Langjing Achouba and upgradation of Luwangpokpa cricket stadium are likely to be completed by December this year.

This was stated by Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh as he inspected ongoing construction works at Langjing Achouba in Imphal West District and Khuman Lampak in Imphal East on Wednesday.

The chief minister was associated with youth affairs and sports (YAS) minister Letpao Haokip, commissioner (YAS) Bobby Waikhom and director (YAS) Harmit Singh Pahuja during the inspection.

Biren told reporters that Manipur is a football-loving state, and it now has an international-standard natural grass football pitch at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and an artificial turf ground at RAU Ground, Khurai.

Apart from the artificial football turf being developed at Langjing Achouba, the government is actively considering to construct some more artificial turf grounds in other districts as well, he added.

Regarding installation of flood lighting system, Biren informed that bored piling works for erection of towers are nearing completion while almost all the materials except some poles had already reached Imphal. As per agreement with the private company concerned, installation should be completed by March next year. However, the government has been constantly pressing them to complete the work by December this year, the chief minister said.

The government has also set the same target for the completion of upgradation of Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium and construction of gallery at RAU Ground  as well, he added.

He said he had directed the director (YAS) to take up immediate steps to make Khuman Lampak sports complex a plastic free zone and maintain cleanliness.

The total approved cost of installation of flood lighting systems at Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium at Khuman Lampak is Rs. 35.31 crore while the approved costs of laying artificial turf at Langjing Achouba and upgradation of Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium are Rs. 10.14 crore and Rs. 11.14 crore respectively.

Responding to a query regarding torching of houses by miscreants at Makhan Khuman village in Senapati district, the chief minister said that police have been trying to nab the culprits involved in the incident. He urged the villagers to maintain calm and not to impose highway blockade because it is only common people who would suffer due to such stirs.

He said that he has been constantly in touch with the DC and SP of the district, who are currently stationed there, and the situation is peaceful as of now. Additional security forces had been sent to the village to assist the district administration in maintaining public order. Urging both the sides to resolve the issue peacefully through dialogue, he said that he is even ready to moderate them in a joint meeting, he added.

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