Imphal, March 8, 2018 (DIPR): Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today announced that the state has qualified for PMGSY -II and 325kms road stretch will be upgraded to the width of 5.5m. He was speaking at the inauguration of Bailey Bridge (170 ft) which was built over Kanto River,Yumnam Khunou to Sinam Kom Road, National Highway-150 to Naranseinya Maning Road ,Wangjing to Heirok Part I & II Road and Pallel to Mantak Road which was held at Kanto. The inauguration was organised by Principal Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Government of Manipur as a part of ‘Inauguration Fortnight’ to commemorate one year anniversary of BJP led government in the state.
Minister maintained that bridge is an important factor for development, unity and harmony between two villages. Inauguration of the bridge will enhance the economic activities of the villagers. Qualifying for PMSGY II is a great achievement of the Department and the department is able to meet the target of 463 km at the rate of 5-6 km per day and by March 31, 2018 the department will be able to achieve 700 km. Last year the excessive rains hampered Stage II works, he added.
He continued that PMGSY II will be implemented in the State after the expiration of PMGSY-I in March 2019 in which all the rural roads will be upgraded or expanded. Minister asserted that PMGSY-III will be announced soon to improve rural roads at par with the highways standard. He also highlighted the importance of connectivity stating that road connectivity is as important as water and power.
He also stated that good road connectivity for transporting the goods is necessary for an industrialised state. The government is committed to provide water, power, good connectivity etc for the people. PMGSY was launched with an aim to provide quality road in rural areas and it is implemented under the guidelines of India Government.
Minister stressed that quality is more important than quantity and regarding quality control, works department has conducted a workshop on the same. He also encouraged engineer to work in co-ordination with the contractors. They should try to extract good works from contractor and there should be a good understanding between engineers and contractor for good quality works.
He said that we need good construction materials for good quality works. Construction materials like bitumen are imported and the government is planning for a stockist in the State for providing imported raw materials to the contractors for a better quality work. The Minister also said that proposal for LWE (Left Wing Extremism) Areas is under preparation and hopefully the central government will agree to the proposal. There will be 104 roads of 1200 km and will cover 217 habitation as part of the effort to bring balance development in the State.
The Bailey Brigde (170feet) over Kanto River on the road of Sekmai to Khurkhul Awang Leikei Road is constructed with an expenditure of Rs 2.05 crore. The Yumnam Khunou Road to Sinam Kom Road in Imphal East is constructed with an expenditure of RS 1.15 crore, the road NH-150 TO Naranseinya Maning in Bishnupur district is constructed with an expenditure of Rs 2.17, Wangjing to Heirok Part-I & II in Thoubal District is constructed with an expenditure of RS 1.86 crore and the Pallel to Mantak Road under Thoubal District is constructed with an expenditure of Rs 5.43 Crore.
Locals clubs and organisations of Kanto submitted memorandum to the Minister and the Minister gave assurance that black topping of Pheidinga to Leimakhong road will be done as soon as possible. He informed that he will consult with the Chief Minister regarding other demands. Attending the inaugural function were Moirang A/C MLA Shri P.Saratchandra Singh,Kakching A/C MLA Shri Y.Surchandra Singh ,Sekmai A/C MLA Shri H.Dingo Singh ,principal Secreatry of RD &PR Shri M.H Khan and officials of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department among others.