Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Monday flagged off the Imphal Ring Road Project at Takyel Khongbal Maning Leikai, Patsoi, Imphal West.
The project which will cost around Rs 1,766 crores will be taken up with the financial assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Biren said the state government had been taking up many developmental projects which would improve the living standard of the people, adding that leaders should always work for the welfare of the people at grassroots.
Manipur has been passing through a rough phase and everyone is bearing the hardship. There is need for unity among people of the state, he added and sought their support and cooperation.
Works minister Govindas Konthoujam appreciated the chief minister for the various projects taken up under his initiative, to bring development with sustainable economy, employment generation and others. The ring road project is one of the dream projects of the chief minister.
The project started in 2015-16, however it was approved in 2020. “The total distance of the ring road project is 51.23 km. The most interesting part of the project is that it includes a noise pollution control mechanism, which is first of its kind in India and it will be an environmentally friendly road,” Govindas said.
He informed that 9.5 km of the road would be of 4 lanes, while 41.5 km would be of 2 lanes with paved shoulders. The road includes an 18 km stretch of green field with solar lamp, footpath and cycle lane. He mentioned that various amenities like food plazas would be set up along the 4-lane stretch road. Within the 4-lane stretch, provision of cycle lanes and jogging lanes would be included in a stretch of 1 km.
The total cost of Rs 1766 crore, an amount of Rs 1374.75 crores would be sanctioned by ADB for construction of road and bridges and the remaining amount would be borne by the state and the central government for land acquisition and others. Ninety percent of the loan amount sanctioned by the ADB would be of grant and the remaining 10 percent (Rs. 137.47 crore) of the loan amount and the interest would be repaid by the central government, the minister said.
The project would generate 18 lakhs man days direct employment and 13.5 lakhs man days indirect employment, he added. He sought support from the public in the project, adding that the project is targeted to be completed by 2026.
Govindas highlighted the other dream projects of the chief minister which are Rigid Pavement of road in Greater Imphal and Manipur State Road Improvement Programme. He continued that out of the 2044.45 km stretch of road in Greater Imphal, the central government has approved for rigid pavement of 547 km stretch of road. The funding for the same would be from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), he added.
During the programme, the chief minister also handed over cards to beneficiaries of Chief Minister’s Widow Pension Scheme, Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme, Ujjwala Yojana and Ration Cards.
Ministers Awangbow Newmai, Heikham Dingo, Khashim Vashum, Hill Areas Committee chairman Dinganglung Gangmei, MLAs, chief secretary, senior government officials also attended the programme among others.