Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday chaired Cabinet meeting at the conference hall of the Ukhrul DC office and attended a public function at the Mini Secretariat complex.
Ukhrul accorded a warm welcome to Biren and his cabinet ministers.
Biren and his team also attended a reception ceremony at Hundung Village later in the day.
The chief minister laid foundation stones and inaugurated various projects in the district and handed over projects worth Rs 64.38 crore to the public of Ukhrul and Kamjong districts.
Addressing the public function at the DC office complex, Biren declared that the government will take development of Ukhrul into a Summer City as a priority.
Biren mulled the idea of developing a new Ukhrul township near Sirarokhong and urged the people of Ukhrul to consider it.
Stressing that Ukhrul is an important town after Imphal, he said that Ukhrul should also be a major part of the vision for North East and development programmes meant for Manipur under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Biren said the main concern in Ukhrul at present is the water scarcity problem, and further expressed the need to develop water sources for Ukhrul.
He declared that Rs 6 crore has been sanctioned for augmentation of water supply of Ukhrul Town as immediate relief. Assuring construction of a dam at Shirui at the cost of Rs 180–200 crore to pump water to entire Ukhrul to be taken up as the first priority, he sought support of all including CSOs and MLAs to settle any dispute so that the construction of the dam can be completed without any problems.
He said the second priority will be completion of the Imphal-Ukhrul road.
If the government had not delivered his assurances or commitments announced during his previous visits in 2017-18, he would not have been able to return today, he added.
The government was chosen by the people, and the government will deliver all their assurances or commitments, he said, adding that there should be no politics in development.
On the opening of mobile internet, the chief minister urged the people, especially the students and youth to be patient and wait for atleast for some more days.
Stressing that he will lay the foundation for a Meitei and Tangkhul heritage museum at Hundung, the chief inister said let the new generation of all indigenous people come and live together in peace.
Biren also assured that a Nursing College will certainly be set up in Ukhrul soon.
He said Prime Minister Modi has said that the government aims to set up atleast one medical college in each district, he will take up setting up of a medical college in Ukhrul as first priority.
He appreciated the CSO leaders and village chiefs for their anti-drug campaign in support of the War on Drugs campaign, highlighting that 1.5 lakh youth have been affected by drugs and approved opening of a Rs 5 crore Drug Rehabilitation Centre under the Social Welfare department.
He sanctioned the construction of a cold storage in the district.
During its meeting, the state cabinet approved and handed over an order for setting up of Tolloi Police station and SDC office at Paoyi village.
On behalf of the Ukhrul and Kamjong district Ram Muivah, MLA Ukhrul AC expressed his deep gratitude and thanks for giving so many projects for the people of Ukhrul and Kamjong district. He also requested and urged the chief minister to start or organise the Shirui festival again since the chief minister is the patron of this beautiful festival.
Appointment letters under the die in harness scheme for the Autonomous District Council office were also distributed to 26 individuals by the chief minister.
The chief minister handed over 20 various projects for inauguration to the people of Ukhrul.
The chief minister also inaugurated an open gym at Ukhrul which was constructed under YAS.
The function was also attended by ministers and MLAs, officers, CSOs, village hiefs, church leaders and various youth organisations.
Various memorandums were also submitted to the chief minister and the concerned ministers present.
The chief minister also laid a foundation stone for setting up Heritage site at Hundung village.