Biren assures to bring stranded people along NH-2 within few days

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh informed on the Assembly floor on Saturday that the issue of indefinite bandh imposed along the national highway-2 by Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) is not a state border dispute issue with Nagaland so Manipur government and Nagaland government will try to solve it into state level.

If failed to solve the issue by the two states it will be solved at central level being central government as mediator, Biren said.

The chief minister was responding to the calling attention motion moved by opposition MLA K. Ranjit Singh on the last day of the first session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

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During the calling attention motion moved by the opposition MLA, he informed that House that as per international boundary map, 3/4 of the entire area of Dzuko valley belongs to Manipur while the remaining is for Nagaland and due to bad road connectivity, tourist used to opt road from Nagaland side to reach Dzuko valley. Besides, some people of Nagaland took the opportunity and harass the local tourist of Manipur even they claimed that the entire area of Dzuko valley belongs to Nagaland, he added.

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The issue has been continuing for the past many years and state government need to take necessary steps to solve the issue. To solve the issue state government should take a resolution immediately with the central government, he added.

Responding to the calling attention Biren said the IRB out post set up at Kezoltsa area was for precautionary measures to avoid unwanted incidents for the local tourist of Manipur. The state government is planning to deploy State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force including fire brigade as a part of preventive measures to control wild fire occurred at Dzuko valley, he added.

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The fact of border has already been on the international boundary map and also the claim of entire area of Dzuko valley for Nagaland is not made by the Nagaland government but made by some organisations. To discuss the matter the state government has already sent official letter to chief secretary, Nagaland, Biren said.

Biren assured that the state government will take necessary steps to bring the stranded people along the National Highway-2 in the next 1-2 days.

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