KAIMUANTHANG/DIPR CCPUR/IMPHAL, 19th Dec:
Vowing to accord top priority for infrastructure development in all parts of the state with special emphasis to border pockets in the hill districts, chief minister N Biren announced that the Churachandpur-Behiang road via Singhat will be developed as the second corridor of Manipur to south-east Asian countries vis-à-vis implementation of the Act East Policy.
Speaking as the chief guest of the Zou Gal Centenary Commemoration, 2017 function held at Behiang village playground in Churachandpur district on Tuesday, the chief minister conceded that unless development could be ensured in all parts of the state Manipur cannot be called a developed state.
Noting developmental deficits in the remote areas decades after the country gained independence, Biren said that the new government has been working relentlessly to judiciously implement welfare schemes and projects at the remotest pockets of the state.
“After formation of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre a total of Rs 22,000 crore has been sanctioned for road construction and improvement in the north-east region, including Manipur,” he said and accepted that bringing economic prosperity will depend on having good roads and bridges.
The chief minister also informed the impressive gathering about his proposal to the Central government for upgrading Singhat to Behiang section of the Churachandpur-Behiang road to a national highway.
In his maiden visit to the village located along Indo-Myanmar border, Biren said that the government is planning to set up a Trade Centre at Behiang in order to boost border trade like that in Moreh.
The CM also said that he and his cabinet colleagues would visit Behiang regularly to look into the developmental needs of the villager and adjoining areas.
Lauding the villagers of Behiang for protecting a historical site associated with Maharaja Chandrakirti, he assured them to do ‘something special’ as a gift for the village for keeping the remembrance and history of the late king alive at the village.
Biren also promised to upgrade Primary Health Centre (PHC), Singhat to the status of a Community Health Centre (CHC) and urged the villagers to extend support in the smooth running of Behiang police station, for which the foundation stone was laid by him earlier in the day.
MANIREDA chairman and Singhat MLA Ginsuanhau and Chandel ADC chairman Sesei Zou were the functional president and guest of honour respectively.
Soon after his arrival in a helicopter at Tonjang village at around 12.30 pm, Biren also laid the foundation stone for Maharaja Chandrakirti Memorial Park at the village, which is located near Behiang. This site is protected under the Manipur Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1976.
There are three age-old stone slabs inside the complex. These inscribed stone slabs were erected during the reign of Maharaja Chandrakirti in 1872 to commemorate his victory over rebel Lushai chiefs.
The total protected area of the complex is 607.50 sqm. A serenely beautiful small lake popularly known as Chibu Lake is also located inside the complex.
During his visit, Biren also inaugurated Zou Gal Memorial Cemetery and staff quarters of PHC, Behiang.
Thousands of people clad in traditional attires welcomed the CM and his ministerial colleagues to the interior border village with great joy and enthusiasm.
Health minister L Jayantakumar, agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, MLAs and top civil and police officials accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.