Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh Wednesday inspected the erstwhile headquarters of the Indian National Army (INA) at Moirang Konjengbam Leikai, which is being developed as a historical tourist site by the State Government at a cost of Rs. 35 crore.
It was at this site that the Indian tricolour was hoisted by the fighters of INA for the first time on Indian soil during World War II in 1944. The old building which was used by the INA as its office still exists at the complex. The site was protected by some private owners of the locality since 1944. However, they have handed over the land to the government on the condition that they are provided land compensation.
The complex is being developed on the land measuring 2443 sq. ft. by Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd as the implementing agency. It is designed by Huidrom Design Studio, Khurai Salanthong. A giant Indian National flag will be hoisted on a 165 feet tall mast at the site.
Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister appreciated the land owners for protecting the site and the old building for decades and handing over the land to the Government to develop it as a historical tourist site. He said that the complex would be developed as a world-class tourist destination. The Chief Minister further said that the existing INA Memorial site would also be upgraded and renovated soon.