STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 5th Jan:
In a move to address the problem of frequent flooding in the state, the government has instructed DCs of Imphal West and Imphal East district to serve notice to owners of structures constructed along the banks of Imphal River for removal.
Speaking to The People’s Chronicle, WRD minister Letpao Haokip informed that the Manipur Flood Plain Zoning Act 1978 was passed by the state legislative assembly in 1978 and the same was published in the state gazette. Later, in 1988, the state flood zoning area was published and it underlined protection and preservation of river banks.
Last year, the state government took the decision of evicting structures along the banks of Imphal River and has identified name of the registered land owners, the minister said, adding that he has discussed how soon the eviction could be carried out with the chief minister on Thursday.
They also discussed rehabilitation procedures for the affected families, Letpao said.
In line with the decision, an official notification approving DCs of Imphal East and Imphal West as flood zoning authority was issued on January 3. In the first phase, structures along the bank of Imphal River from Koirengei RCC bridge to the end of Imphal West district would be evicted and DCs of the twin Imphal districts have been asked to serve notice to the respective land owners within a short period, he informed.
He further said that the government will send appeals to clubs, organisations and Meira Paibi organisations along the both sides of the river seeking their cooperation and support in the eviction drive. The DCs have also been informed to submit the list of affected land owners by January 31 to the department concerned, he added.
Stating that the government exists for the welfare of the public, Letpao appealed to the public to support and cooperate with the initiative of the government in addressing the frequent flood situation facing in the state in the event of slight rainfall.