Manipur Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Sunday inaugurated two bridges in Ukhrul district, one over river Challou and another over river Layii.
Minister Biswajit inaugurated the Challou river bridge in presence of Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum at Ukhrul district.
The bridge, connecting Chingai (Kungai) and Tusom Manipur, was constructed under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) at a cost of Rs 299.92 lakh and it was inaugurated as part the ongoing ‘Inauguration Fortnight’ being observed in connection with the 1st anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government to be celebrated on March 15.
Addressing the inaugural function at the bridge site, Minister Biswajit explained the correlation between good connectivity and economic development of the State.
He also stressed that improving the quality of communication is among the top priorities of the present Government. He said that communication gap contributes to disunity among the communities.
The Minister also said that the ‘Go to the Hills’ slogan of the present government was introduced with the main objective of bringing equal development in the hills and the valley areas of the State.
He said that the present government has no intention to claim the inauguration of the bridge as its achievement. The Minister also said that the Challou river bridge is an important bridge in the area and will connect interior villages namely Kungai, Tusom CV, New Tusom, Wahong, Soraphung to Chingai Sub-division headquarters and the district headquarters of Ukhrul.
Responding to appeals made by the village authorities through memorandums submitted to him, the Minister assured installation of a 33/11 KV Sub-Station in the area at the earliest.
He also gave assurance to ensure completion of the laying of second WBM of the six roads under PMGSY which is Chingai to Tusom Pt I, II and III. Minister Biswajit also inspected a bridge on Challou river located in between Tusom and Chingai.
MLA Khashim Vashum expressed his happiness at the formal inaugural of the bridge by the State Works Minister and said Minister Biswajit is the first Minister to visit the village since former Chief Minister Yamsho Shaiza visited the area in 1978.
As part of the government celebrating its one year, Minister Biswajit also provided 200 LED bulbs to the village authorities attending the function to be distributed among the poorest of the villagers.
Later in the evening, Minister Biswajit also inaugurated a bridge over Layii river connecting Kharasom Lazo in Ukhrul district to Laii in Senapati district. The bridge was constructed with an expenditure of Rs 350.79 lakh.