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Manipur will build a dam at Sarbei Lokchao with funding from North Eastern Council to provide water to the people as well as develop the site as a tourist spot.

Manipur’s Forest and Environment Minister Th Shyamkumar Singh informed this while addressing the inaugural function of a Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) and Schedule Caste Girls’ Hostel both under Andro Assembly Constituency in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Monday.

In his presidential speech minister Shyamkumar announced that a dam will be constructed at Sarbei Lokchao to provide water to the people under North Eastern Council funding. The dam has also the potential to become a tourist spot. He also announced that with central fund of Rs 3 crore floriculture project is taken up at Panam Garden and with central fund of Rs 6 crore other necessary projects are taken up at Santhei Natural Park,a popular tourist centre in Andro village.

The inauguration programme on Monday was held as part of the ‘Inauguration Fortnight’ to commemorate the first anniversary of BJP led coalition government in Manipur. There are 11 KGBV schools and 9 residential schools for boys and girls in Manipur.

Education, Labour & Employment Minister Th Radheshyam and Forest & Environment Minister Th Shyamkumar Singh who represents Andro constituency and Keirao MLA L Rameshwor Meitei and other local leaders attended the school and hostel inauguration function held at Loupaochun in Imphal East district.

The school, which has Classes till VIII standard, was constructed under the funding of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan whereas the hostel has been constructed under the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. The school which has capacity for 105 students has currently enrolled 183 students.

Speaking on the occasion Education minister Radheshyam said recently he submitted a memorandum to the Centre at the Central Advisory Meeting on Education to extend the residential high schools up to Class XII.

He said the state government is giving special attention to the government schools following the success story of the government schools in Andro constituency.

It may be worth mentioning here that a new block of Yambem high school at Yairipok Yambem, also located under Andro constituency was inaugurated on Sunday.

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