Pothashang News Service

Imphal, October 13: Construction of Barak and Makru bridges along National highway 37 connecting Jiribam and Imphal has begun with prayers at the location of their foundation stones yesterday.

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.

During his maiden visit to Barak, Tamenglong, large number of people warmly welcomes and felicitated Biren Singh and his council of Ministers and MLAs at various Tupul, Noney, Khongshang, Nungba, Rengpang, Kambiron etc. Biren Singh also inspected the construction and progress 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.

The chief minister said, the first and foremost priority of the new government is to bring development in the hill areas of the state and without the progress in the hill districts, there would be no inclusive development in the state.

The construction of the Barak and Makru Bridge will definitely improve the flow of traffic in 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, said Biren Singh.

He said that he would be visiting Tamenglong district on 24th October of this month and would be announcing some developmental programmes for the district. During his visit to the district, he would announce a 35crore water supply scheme to provide potable water supply to the people of the district, he added.

The objective of the new government is to render human service for the welfare of the people of the state. New medical insurance schemes to provide better healthcare to the poor and BPL families of the State would be announce soon. The scheme would provide free medical treatment to poor families. Under this scheme, the beneficiaries will be entitled to medical treatment coverage up to Rs. 2 lakhs per family per year. Said the chief minister.

He sought love and support of the people. He said that without the support of the people and government, 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 the today’s visit was not just for initiation of the two bridges but also to observe how the people of the living in hill areas of the State. The NHIDCL has committed to complete the construction of these bridges by December, 2017. The government would try its best to improve the living conditions of the people of such areas, he added. He showed his discontent on why no such steps were taken for the construction of RCC Bridge of Barak and Makru for such a long time by previous governments.

Executive director, NHIDCL Ajay Ahluwalia informed that the total estimated cost for the construction of Barak and Makru Bridge is 110 crores.  NHIDCL act 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 bridges have the target to open by 2020.

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