Biren inaugurates housing complex, urges not to encroach Reserved Forest area

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Alternate Housing Complex at National Games Village, Langol on Thursday.

The Planning and Development Authority, Manipur is the implementing agency of the housing complex, which is constructed at the cost of around Rs 58 crore. The project is funded by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (HUDCO) and the state government.

Biren said,” The state has witnessed positive changes in the field of development, despite various challenges and hurdles. This is just the beginning of development,” and stressed the need to overcome all the disturbances in the path of development.

The construction work was completed in less than two years. Many development works could be taken up with the cooperation and support from the public, he added.

The government had identified certain sites along foothills, where agriculture activities could not be taken up, adding that similar projects would be taken up at the identified sites, the chief minister said.

Speaking on the effect of environmental degradation due to large-scale deforestation,  Biren urged the public not to encroach on the Reserved Forest areas.

He informed that the government has plans to construct another view tower at Langol hills, apart from the two view towers which had already been constructed. He mentioned the plan to connect the view towers with the Recreation Centre adjoining the Lamphelpat Waterbody by cable car.

Commissioner, MAHUD, M. Joy Singh informed that the Alternative Housing Complex is being constructed at an area of 2.16 acres of land. The buildings are constructed using Light Gauge Steel Frame (LGSF), he said, adding that the LGSF technology has the benefit of reducing dead weight (60%) compared to RCC buildings and is suitable for high seismic zones, especially for places like Manipur falling under seismic zone-V.

He said the housing complex consists of 5 blocks, with a total of 180 dwelling units.

The inauguration programme was organised by Manipur Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD).

The chief minister also visited Lamphelpat and inspected the rejuvenation work of the Lamphelpat waterbody.

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