Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Spring Water Harvesting, Sustainable Water and Forest Conservation project at Heingang, Kameng and Lamdeng in a solemn function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Saturday.
The project was jointly undertaken by the Central Forest Division, Forest Department, Government of Manipur and ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth.
Speaking at the function, the Chief Minister said that preservation and protection of forest areas is the need of the hour. The State government has undertaken various programmes and schemes for the conservation of forest in the State. To address the issues of global warming, climate change and environmental degradation, the government has successfully implemented Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission in the State, he stated. He further added that mass tree plantations have been started in different parts of the State recently.
Appreciating such initiative of the ICICI Foundation for providing potable water to the public, N. Biren Singh expressed his satisfaction over the project which would benefit thousands of households in the State. He also suggested the Foundation initiate reforestation projects in the hill areas of the State.
Minister for Forest and Environment Awangbow Newmai; MP Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba; Addl. Chief Secretary M.H. Khan; and officials including the ICICI were present during the function.