Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday inspected ongoing construction of Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou in Bishnupur district, which would be the main venue of state Sangai Festival.
Huts representing different tribal groups of the state would be set up at the Ethnic Park.
Interacting with locals of Moirang Khunou, Biren expressed thankfulness for according him a warm welcome by people of Kwakta, Moirang Khunou and other neighbouring villages on his way to the Ethnic Park. Expressing satisfaction on the support of nearby people in widening the approach road to the park, he stated that such support from the public would be of big contribution to the developmental works taken up by the government.
Biren informed that the state government has invited President Droupadi Murmu to attend the Sangai Festival this year. As such, the government is putting much effort into constructing the park properly as the site will be the main venue for the Sangai Festival 2022, he added. Continuing that the site had been chosen for construction of the Ethnic Park considering the suitability of the area, he expressed that hosting the festival near the habitat of Sangai (brow-antlered deer) would better to make visitors more aware of the state animal.
He informed that Sangai Festival was held only at Imphal earlier. However, with the formation of his government, the festival began to be held at different places of the state including Keibul Lamjao and as Cherry Blossom festival at Mao. He continued that, this year, the festival would also be held at other places including Khuga and Behiang where Manipur Southern Cultural Centre is being constructed, as Sangai stands for the whole state. Stating that he would visit the site frequently to look after the construction work, he appealed to the public to continue rendering their support.
Chairman, Loktak Development Authority, Moirangthem Asnikumar, MLAs Tongbram Robindro, Thongam Shanti, Losii Dikho and J Kumo Sha, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, additional chief secretary V. Vumlunmang, managing director, Manipur Police Housing Corporation Limited (MPHC Ltd.) C. Doungel, commissioner (tourism) P.K. Jha and other senior officials accompanied the chief minister during the inspection.
The chief minister also visited the INA War Memorial at Moirang and inspected the ongoing work at the site.