Th Biswajit assures better NH-37 by April


IMPHAL, 23rd MARCH: Government spokes-person minister Thongam Biswajit Thursday assured that the BJP led government in the state would deliver a better NH-37 (Imphal-Jiri road) by April this year before onset of rainy season.

             Addressing media persons at Raj Bhawan, Biswajit said that the BJP government is putting its efforts in translat-ing its pre-poll assurances into action. Among the top prior-ities, the government would develop the Imphal-Jiri high-way, the lifeline of Manipur, making it a better highway free from frequent economic blockades and natural calam-ities like landslide. In this regard, Chief Min-ister N Biren chaired a joint meeting of the council of ministers, officials of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and rep-resentatives of construction companies on Wednesday.

             The meeting discussed improve-ment of the road condition first before developing it into four-lane highway. The CM also instructed the officials concerned to make the high-way readily accessible by April upon which, both NHIDCL and construction companies assured to make it possible within the given time frame, Biswajit added.The new government has taken up initiatives to trans-late into action assuranc-es given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari regarding condition of roads in the state.

             Construction of inter connectivity roads of the hill districts have begun with the Rs 22,000 crore sanctioned by Nitin Gadkari. Once the roads have been developed, there would be better connectivity and communication between the hills and valley thereby helping in promotion of fra-ternal bonding among different communities, he said.

               Meanwhile, Chief Minister Biren told media persons, on the sidelines of expansion of his ministry at Raj Bhawan, that works have been started to improve condition of roads in Imphal city areas. As for the development of Imphal-Jiri highway, he had instructed the engineering team concerned to send daily updates of the progress to his WhatsApp account, the CM stated. The same has been mobilised effectively and photographs of work progress are being uploaded, he added.

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