Imphal: Water resource minister Awangbow Newmai inspected the machineries and canals under the Loktak Lift Irrigation in Bishnupur district on Wednesday.
Moirang MLA Thongam Shanti and officials accompanied the minister during the inspection.
During the inspection of Pump House-I located at Ningthoukhong, department officials apprised the minister that installation of the newly procured water pumps will be completed by the department within two months.
The ministerial team inspected the canal stretch from Ningthoukhong till Okshongbung in Moirang. Few encroachers along the canals were directed to shift immediately for smooth operation of the project.
Farmers apprised the minister that several waterways were jammed by mud accumulating in the pipelines buried under the bridges.
Officials assured the farmers that all the water blockages will be cleared at the earliest possible. Farmers were also assured during the inspection that adequate cow-passing bridges will be built across the canal to ensure convenient passage for farm cattles.
Awangbow exuded confidence that water woes of farmers within the area will be drastically reduced once the new water pumps are operational. Taking strong exceptions to the encroachment on canals and a rivulet in Moirang, Awangbow appealed for cooperation from the people to tackle flood and irrigation problems in the state.