Biren lays project foundation stones, seeks people’s support to restore peace

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh laid the foundation stones for various projects at a programme held at Leitanpekpham playground, Andro, Imphal East on Tuesday.

The projects included Manipur Road Project- Improvement of roads in and around Keithelmanbi, Tumukhong and Moirangpurel, Ima Market at Andro and Football Ground with Natural Grass at Andro.

“The government has to continue taking up development works for the welfare of the people, though the state is witnessing a tough phase of law and order situation. As such, the foundation stone laying programme is being organised,” the chief minister said.

He highlighted the root cause of the current conflict. He said people were earlier confused before knowing the root cause of the same.

He expressed deep sorrow on the loss of lives of people of both communities in the conflict.

The government has been putting all possible efforts to restore peace and normalcy, he said and sought support of the people in the government’s initiative for the same.

On a memorandum submitted by students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya(KGBV), Andro Shri N. Biren stated that the State Cabinet had taken decision to provide ex-gratia to the family of accident victims of Thambalnu Higher Secondary School, Yairipok and added that the same would be handed over soon. He also informed that the Government would consider the proposal for upgrading KGBV, Andro to Higher Secondary after consultation.

Biren assured to look into the certain demands included in the memorandum put up by the locals of Andro, mentioning that the football ground with natural grass would be constructed with a cost of around Rs 8.52 crore so that players from Andro could also join the footballers from Manipur who are representing in the Indian football team.

He said the government is constructing the Ima Market, Andro with a sanction amount of around Rs 3 crore, considering the contributions of women vendors in the economy of the state.

The chief minister appealed to the people of Manipur not to take any step with emotions.

Works minister Govindas Konthoujam said, “Participation in large numbers by locals of Andro in the foundation laying programme had shown their confidence and trust in the current government.

He said the government’s initiative to preserve forest and nature, its effort to root out drug menace from the state and identification of illegal migrants as the real reason for the break out of the current unrest.

The minister informed that a project for road construction of Imphal-Yairipok spanning around 26 km with a project cost of around Rs 89 crore had been sent to Central Road Infrastructure Fund in 2022-23. However, the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways had not approved any project for that year. The state government had included the same this year’s proposal as priority, he said, assuring that the road would be repaired once the proposal is approved.

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