Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday inspected the present condition of Old Airfield located at Koirengei in Manipur’s Imphal East district.
MLAs Dr S Ranjan (Konthoujam), L Sushindro (Khurai), Th Satyabrata (Yaiskul), senior officials of the state government including IAS officer PK Singh and locals also accompanied the state chief minister Biren singh during the day’s inspection visit.
Deputy commissioner Dr Rangitabli Waikhom and SP Jogeshchandra Haobijam of Imphal East district were also seen during the visit.
Speaking to media persons, Biren said people have been demanding since quite a long time to shift the military camps currently there at the Airfield as residential areas of Luwangshangbam, Khabam, Koirengei, Achanbigei etc are located within the close proximity to these camps.
Consequent upon his appraisal to the union defence minister, the chief minister said, the State Government officials already had deliberations about the matter with the higher authorities of the military in order to translate the people’s wish into reality.
Discussions are still going on, and the State Government is ready to provide adequate and suitable land for early shifting of these camps, the chief minister said.
The chief minister also informed that the purpose of his visit was to understand the current condition of the Airfield and adjoining areas.
As he has now seen it, he said, he would again approach the Centre soon to shift the military camps.
The said Old Airfield at Koirengei is located under Heingang Assembly constituency which is chief minister’s home constituency.
The airfield having a 49,000 ft long runaway and a wide of 138 ft according to reports, is said to constructed during the World War II.