Manipur government is making all out efforts so that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi can lay the foundation stone of the National Sports University and inauguration of different projects during his proposed visit here to attend the Indian Science Congress on March 16.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh led a ministerial team on Saturday and inspected Dolaithabi Barrage Project and Thoubal Multipurpose Project located at the adjoining areas of Imphal East-Kangpokpi and Imphal East-Ukhrul district. Among many projects, the above two mega projects are likely to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister during his visit.
Though the PM expressed his willingness to attend 1st anniversary celebration of the BJP-led government in Manipur which falls on March 15, during the recent meeting in Guwahati, a confirmation is to yet to be received from the PMO, Chief Minister Biren told the reporters on the sideline of the day’s inspection trip. However, presence of PM at the opening ceremony of the Indian Science Congress here on March 16 is almost confirmed.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP National President Amit Shah have already assured that they would take part in the first anniversary celebration.
Informing that Dolaithabi Project is ready for inauguration, chief minister said all the six sluice gates of the barrage would be operational by March 10. He also informed about government’s plans to develop the project sites of Dolaithabi, Thoubal and Khuga Dams as tourist destinations so that local villagers may be benefitted.
On the villagers’ request, he also assured that a market shed with an estimated cost of around Rs 5 to Rs 10 lakhs will be constructed at Dolaithabi area. The targeted area of agricultural land, which is to be irrigated by the Dolaithabi project, is 7,545 Ha.
Later, the Ministerial team also inspected the work progress of Thoubal Multipurpose Project which is almost ready for inauguration. The project is expected to irrigate 35,160 Ha of agricultural land per year apart from providing 10 million gallons litres of water daily.
Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip who was accompanying chief minister said all the pending issues of compensation for affected villagers would be resolved soon.