Manipur education minister Th Radheshyam inspecting the damaged school. Image: Northeast Now
Manipur education minister Th Radheshyam inspecting the damaged school. Image: Northeast Now

Manipur Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam on Thursday instructed the officials concerned to construct seven classrooms of a school at Chadong village.

Chadong is one of the villages that has been affected due to the construction of Mapithel dam on Thoubal river in Kamjong district.

The dam has been built with an objective to provide 10 million gallons of water to Imphal daily apart from providing irrigation facility to 17,500 hectares of land and generate 7.5 MW of power.

The dam, however, has submerged many paddy fields and forest cover and has also severely affected the Chadong High School.

Radheshyam instructed the accompanying officials to complete the construction of the classrooms by March 2020.

The minister also inspected the makeshift school built by the villagers after the entire village was submerged after the Mapithel dam was constructed.

Earlier, the minister was apprised by the villagers about the hardships and lack of basic amenities in the village after they were rehabilitated to a new location.

The minister gave a patient hearing to the villagers, especially about the need for a school.

The villagers informed him that the Chadong High School before it was submerged, had over 400 students studying from Class I to Class X.

The minister informed the villagers that the makeshift school initially will have Classes from I to V, but assured that soon the full school will come up.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com