Imphal: Minister in charge of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department Thongam Biswajit Singh inspected the 103 km long road stretch from Shirui Village to Kachoupung Village constructed under the Prime Minister’s flagship programme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), on Monday.
The scheme is implemented by the Manipur State Rural Roads Development Agency (MSRDDA)/Rural Engineering Department (RED) in the State.
The road inspection team led by the Minister also included Ukhrul-44/ST MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur, Deputy Commissioners of both Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, DISHA members, MSSRDA/Rural Engineering Department Chief Engineer Pantishing Thaimei, Additional CE Kh.Rajen Singh, local representatives and media persons.
Briefing media persons at the end of the inspection, late in the evening at Khayang Village, Biswajit said that construction of the Shirui Village to Kachoupung road was initiated around 2015-16 under PMGSY Stage I work. However, after locals showed discontentment with the previous alignment, he had assured the House to personally inspect the road and do the needful, he added.
Biswajit informed that MP Dr.Lorho S Pfoze and MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur have also shown their deep concern for the said road and to improve connectivity in the area. The Minister said that the target for completion of road works taken up under Stage II is March 2022.
Reiterating that the State is committed to bring equal development for the people, Biswajit said that the government is committed to provide the people their entitled fundamental rights. He said the government is putting all efforts to ensure that the roads are motorable and all-weathered to ensure that the socio-economic status of the people is enhanced.
The government spokesperson also lauded MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur, DISHA, Village chiefs, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) and other civil organisations for their cooperation and support.
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that during the inspection trip, the minister and his team were warmly received at villages located along the road namely Mapum Village, Zingsui Village, Roni Village Chamu Village, Mitiyang Village, Phungtha Village, Kachoupung Village, Khayang Village among others.