Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh led ministers and officials in inspecting the river dredging works of Imphal River from Haoreibi Makha Leikai to Kiyamgei area in the State on Wednesday.
Imphal River which originates from Senapati district passes through the thickly populated Imphal valley including the state capital before flowing to Myanmar is a major river in Manipur.
During the monsoon, it usually gets flooded as its riverbanks get breached.
Considering the matter seriously, the State Government started to take up river dredging works recently.
So far 70 per cent of the Imphal River dredging works has been completed and the remaining areas will also be covered before the onset of the rainy season.
Inspecting the dredging works, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that once the remaining areas are completed, the government is also planning to take up dredging works of Kongba, Thoubal and Nambul rivers.
Expressing happiness over the voluntary removal of private properties which are being constructed along the river banks, he said the State Government acknowledges such co-operation and support of the people to the initiative.
Dismantling and eviction of houses, shops and other unauthorized structures are being done apart from dredging of riverbeds and strengthening of embankments are being taken up by the State Government to combat flash floods.
The state witnessed severe flood as many as five times in 2017 and that had damaged properties worth crores.
He also appealed to the people to extend their love and support to other developmental initiatives of the government being undertaken in the State.
The day’s inspection programme of Imphal River dredging was conducted from Haoreibi Makha Leikai to Kyamgei area.
State Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip participating in the day’s inspection trip appealed to the general public to support and co-operate the initiatives taken up by the government to make the riverbeds clean by not throwing garbage.
The Chief Minister’s inspection trip was attended by State Revenue Minister K Shyam, ruling MLAs Thokchom Satyabrata of Yaiskul, L Rameshwor of Keirao, Deputy Commissioner of Imphal West Ningthoujam Geoffrey, Chief Engineer of Water Resources Ksh Pritam and other high ranking officials of the State Government.