Plea to save Tharon

Imphal: Villagers of Tharon of Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency, Imphal West appeal the Manipur chief minister and other MLAs to save Tharon village while constructing the proposed Ring Road under ADB funding in greater Imphal area.

In connection with the demand villagers of Tharon village under the supervision of Tharon Village Authority staged a sit-in at the community hall of the village on Saturday.

A Tharon villager, Athon Gangmei, said the village was established about 500 years ago during the reign of Maharaja Lamgramba. The village has been an example in the Manipur history that people of hills and valleys has been living unitedly since centuries, he added.

He said the people of Manipur and villagers of Tharon village welcome the coming up of Ring Road. However, there is an apprehension that the road will greatly affected the mass area of the village. If the village has been affected with the coming of Ring Road then there is no alternative place to shift the village. Shifting of Tharon village would get much impact in the history of Manipur, Athon said.

In the past more than 10 individuals families had also sacrificed their agricultural lands during the construction of NIT, Lamphelpat. The proposed Ring Road would also affect many homestead and plots and no more land will be left for their resettlement. The new development would be another human tragedy, Athon added.

The protestor staged the protest with placards embedded ‘govt should respect human right’, ‘no road through our home’, ‘govt intends by hook or by crook to remove our village’, etc.

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