Biren hints to establish two ropeways in Manipur

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday announced that the state government had proposed for two ropeway projects under Parvatmala: National Ropeways Development Programme of the central government including Shiroy – Ukhrul – Mahadeva Ropeway and Loktak Ropeway.

The chief minister made the announcement during his felicitation by Tangkhul civil society organisations at TNL Ground, Ukhrul district headquarters, for leading the state government for a second term.

Stating that there were lot more to do for development of the district, Biren informed that construction of Amuzement Park in Ukhrul would be completed soon as a part of the government’s 100 Action Points for First 100 Days. He said the government’s plan to carry out drain to drain blacktopping of roads maintaining that there would be no compromise in development projects.

Upon his arrival at the district headquarters, the chief minister was accorded a warm welcome by various organisations.

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The civil society organisations who jointly organised the felicitation programme were Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL), Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL), Tangkhul Katamnao Shaklong (TKS), Tangkhul Maya Ngala Long (TMNL) and Tangkhul Ato Longphang (TAL).

Biren appreciated the organisations for the warm welcome accorded to him. He continued that central leaders knew the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship between hill and valley people and as such, had appointed Khasim Vashum, MLA of Chingai AC, as one of his council of ministers.

Stating that his politics had always been based on humanity and development, the Biren said the state government had been giving focus on all round development including adequate supply of drinking water as priority. He also stressed the need for joint effort of all to achieve a new height of development.

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Informing that the state government had taken up Water Supply Scheme, with a project cost of around Rs 3000 crore funded by New Development Bank, under the Jal Jeevan Mission-Har Ghar Jal Scheme, he added that the said project for Ukhrul district had been included in Phase-2 with a total cost of Rs 95 crore. Out of which, Rs.22 crore would be for proper Ukhrul only, he added.

Lauding the civil society organisations of the district for their response to uproot poppy plantations, he said the government would send officials of concerned departments to carry out a survey and choke out alternative arrangements for livelihood of poppy cultivators.

Minister L. Susindro Meitei, sought support of the people of Ukhrul in the state government’s effort to bring further development in the district. Nearing Shiroy Festival, the minister stressed the need to increase the number of homestays in Ukhrul district to accommodate visitors and tourists during the festival.

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The Tangkhul civil society organisations also submitted memorandums to the chief minister. Biren assured to look into the matter and take up necessary actions. He also interacted with representatives of various civil society Ooganisations during his visit.

Cultural dance and songs were also presented by different troupes during the felicitation.

Minister Khasim Vashum, MP, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLA for Phungyar AC K. Leishiyo, MLA for Ukhrul AC Ram Muivah, president, TNL David K Shimray and leaders of civil society organisations, among others were present at the felicitation programme.

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