Government sets March 15 target for Civil Secretariat completion

Imphal, February 8, 2018 (DIPR): The government aims to complete construction of the Civil Secretariat (Capitol Project) by March 15, 2018 to ensure that the building is inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his proposed visit to the State, Works Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh informed the House today.

Replying to a Starred Question raised by Opposition MLA Shri K. Ranjit Singh, the Minister explained that the main objective of the government is to complete the construction and hand it over to the people.

Replying to another question raised by Tipaimukh MLA Dr.Chaltonlien Amo, Minister Biswajit said that no funds have been provided under the State for construction of the Jiri-Tipaimukh Road from 48th Km to 99th Km point. However, the National Highways Infrastructure Development Company Limited, which is the implementing agency is preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for submission to the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways for necessary action, he added.

He said that there is also a plan for improvement of road on selected bad stretches from 4 km to 42 km of the Jiri-Tipaimukh Road under the State Work Programme.

Replying to a question from MLA Ranjit, Water Resource Minister Shri Letpao Haokip said that the department is preparing to conduct dredging of river beds of major rivers of the State to prevent flash floods.

Although no project has been submitted to the central ministry so far, around four-five places where there is high siltation have been identified along the Imphal River and dredging has startedafter proper consultation with the Chief Minister. He continued that preparation of DPR for projects is under process.

Construction process for the Lamlong Bazar has not started yet because of the pending finalisation of National Highway widening plan of the Churachandpur- Imphal- Yaingangpokpi Section, MAHUD Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh told the House today. The Minister was replying to a Starred Question raised by Shri Okram Henry Singh.

The Minister also told the House that physical progress of construction work of Tombisana Market is 35 percent.

Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Biswajit Singh said that draft “Manipur Textiles Policy, 2017/18” is ready to be placed before the Cabinet for its consideration for approval which is expected to be finalised within March 2018.

Replying to a Starred Question raised by Opposition MLA Shri Surjakumar Okram, he also said that there is a Local Handloom and Handicrafts Products Procurement Policy whereas there is no general Handloom Promotion & Development Policy.

Minister Biswajit revealed that the number of handlooms distributed in the current fiscal year 2017-18 is 244 and that of handlooms still in operation is 3,09,372 and that of power-looms is 293.

He also said that there are plans to revive the spinning mill with the main objective of generating employment and to provide cheap raw material (yarn) to the weavers especially women. He said that soil testing for cotton seed germination has been successfully conducted at two places identified at Kwatha, Moreh and another in Jiribam.

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