Litterers cautioned as smart city project gets fund boost

Along with announcing that the Central government has released an amount of Rs 106 for the Smart City Mission, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) and Town Planning minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has sought the cooperation of all sections of the society in promoting cleanliness of the state capital and other towns.

Speaking to newspersons on Friday in connection with various measures being initiated by the government to present the state in the right perspective when important personalities and tourists arrive to attend the upcoming Manipur Sangai Tourism Festival, he conceded that without public cooperation ensuring cleanliness around Imphal or other towns would be impossible.

The minister also told media persons in his New Secretariat office chamber that the MAHUD department is aiming to complete 90 per cent work of the Imphal Smart City Mission within three months.

Stating that the Chief Minister will be consulted on works related to the Mission, he appealed to the public to extend support in the government’s endeavour towards materialisation of making Imphal the cleanest city in the region.

Smart City Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting programme of the Centre with the stated objective of developing 100 cities all over the country and making them citizen friendly and sustainable.

While stating that neither the government nor the law enforcement agencies should be accused of being harsh to the public when punitive actions are initiated under relevant laws for littering, minister Shyamkumar informed that extensive cleanliness drive would be launched from Saturday morning so that tourists get absorbed in the real beauty of the state instead of getting worried by pollution.

Though the drive is specifically aimed at presenting the state capital in a spotless way, the same campaign would be continued throughout the year and cover all municipal areas, he said.

The cleanliness drive will be simultaneously conducted in areas falling under the ambit of Municipal Councils of Moirang, Bishnupur, Kakching, Yairipok and Thoubal, he informed.

Appealing to the shopkeepers of Imphal core zone area including Thangal and Paona Keithel as well as at Uripok, Kwakeithel, Yairipok, Keisamthong and Singjamei areas to maintain dustbins near their respective shops, he reiterated that legal action will be taken against those shopkeepers who are found littering their surroundings.

Minister Shyamkumar further said that legal action will also be taken up against street vendors, tea stall runners and hawkers in case they are found violating the instructions.

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