STAFF REPORTER/CORRESPONDENT TAMENGLONG/NONEY, 12th Oct: Holding the previous Congress government accountable for Tamenglong district lagging far behind other districts in terms of infrastructure development, chief minister N Biren has reiterated that the BJP-led coalition government will never betray the people of Manipur.
Along with announcing construction of a water supply scheme to ensure sufficient supply of potable water to residents of Tamenglong district headquarters during his maiden visit to the hill district on Thursday, the CM also laid the foundation stone for construction of pucca (solid) bridges over Makru and Barak rivers.
En-route to Tamenglong district, the CM made a brief stopover at Noney bazar to attend a reception function, wherein he iterated that the prime objective of state government is honour public trust through emphasis on execution of people-friendly programmes.
The government will always listen to the people’s aspiration as existence of the government will not serve any purpose in case the public continue to suffer, he said.
The proposed water scheme at Tamenglong district headquarters, which among few such mega projects in the hill districts of Manipur, is being planned at estimated project cost of about Rs 35 crore.
Another development initiative in the district, which the CM announced was the construction of government quarters, especially for medical and education department employees under the comprehensive scheme in the hilly areas.
Hinting that lack of vision on the part of the past governments for constructing standard bridges is one of the factors for frequent damages caused to Barak and Makru bridges, he declared that construction of pucca bridges at the said sites will be completed within two years.
The CM said that the first and foremost priority of the new government is to bring development in the hill areas as there would be no inclusive development in the state without taking along the hill areas.
In his address during the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of Barak and Makru bridges, Biren highlighted that construction of the bridges will definitely improve the flow of traffic on the Imphal-Jiri Road. Apart from the construction of Barak and Makru Bridge, the government would be preparing a Detailed Project Report within 6 months for the construction of Irang Bridge, he added.
The CM further said that he would revisit Tamenglong district on October 24 and would announce some other developmental programmes for the district.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of ‘Saab ka Sath Saab ka Vikas’, he stated that the objective of the new government is to render humane service for the welfare of the people. He further said that new medical insurance schemes to provide better healthcare to the poor and BPL families of the state would be announced soon.
Under the scheme, the beneficiaries will be entitled to medical treatment coverage up to Rs 2 lakh per family per year.
While conveying about other social security schemes for differently-abled persons, the Chief Minister said that without the support of the people, the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) would not be able to complete the project under the stipulated time.
He mentioned that the government has kept its door open 24X7 and everyone is invited for to knock the door so that the issues/grievances of the people could be solved as soon as possible. He further said that the purpose of his visit was not just related to construction of the two bridges but also to take personal stock of condition of people living in hill areas.
The government would try its best to improve the living conditions of the people of such areas, he added.
the CM also expressed discontentment on why no steps were taken for the construction of RCC bridges over Barak and Makru rivers for such a long time by previous governments.
His maiden visit to Barak, Tamenglong was marked by large number of people warmly welcoming and felicitating the CM, council of ministers and MLAs at various places such as Tupul, Noney, Khongshang, Nungba, Rengpang, Kambiron etc.
Biren also assessed progress of construction of Jiri-Tupul-Imphal Railway line at Noney. He also inspected and reviewed the progress of the world's tallest girder rail bridge located at Noney.
Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director of NHIDCL Shri Ajay Ahluwalia informed that the total estimated cost for the construction of Barak and Makru bridges is Rs 110 crore. He further said that NHIDCL acts as an instrument for infrastructure development to improve road connectivity and efficiency of the international trade corridor to enable efficient and safe transport. The company is working for the road construction of 1500km in Manipur, he added. In the first phase, the company would be engaging in the repair and restoring of various roads of the state.
The Barak and Makru Bridge would be having a 154 meter span and 122 meter span respectively on the Jiribam-Barak Road (NH-37) and will be constructed by Bharatia Infra Project Limited.
The ministerial team also comprised deputy chief minister Y.Joykumar Singh, ministers V Hangkhalian, Th Shyamkumar, Losii Dikho and Letpao Haokip, MP (Rajya Sabha) Ksh Bhabananda Singh, MLAs and top civil and police officials.
The bridge project cost will be funded by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
While construction of the 154 metres long Barak bridge is pegged at Rs 59.05 crore, Makru bridge having total length of 122 metres will be built at Rs 43.68 crore.
The ministerial entourage also assessed progress of construction work on the world’s highest railway bridge and tunnels at Khumji and Nungtek near Noney Bazar.