Imphal: Water Resources Minister, Letpao Haokip Tuesday inspected the Pemikhong Drainage System from Khurai Konsam Leikai to Porompat Thawanthaba Leikai along with MLA Kh Joykishan. They inspected the portions of the project at Porompat DC Road area along with the top officials of the WR Department.
This particular project comes under the Division No I, Flood Control and Drainage of the department. The total length of the Pemikhong drain is 3.80 km, of which the length of the pucca drain to be constructed is 2km. Out of this, pucca drain construction from downstream of Porompat DC Road is already completed. The project also consists of 5 RCC Slab culverts, of which two have been completed at present. Also, channelization and earthwork in banking in some areas are still to be taken up.
It may be mentioned that MLA Joykishan had raised a question in the just-concluded session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly about the delay in the completion of this drainage project.
Speaking to us, the Minister said that the inspection is conducted immediately after the session as he had assured in the House that he will strictly monitor this project till its completion. He expressed satisfaction to find water being drained properly in areas where pucca portion has been completed already.
He also strongly instructed the contractors concerned to complete the project at the earliest. The original deadline of completion of this project is March 31 of this year, but he also stated that due to the disruption caused by the COVID pandemic, that may not be possible. However, he instructed those concerned to complete it as soon as possible, failure to do so will lead to severe actions and may even invite blacklisting of the contracts, he added.
The WR Minister appealed the residents and local clubs/bodies of the localities to co-operated and not cause any hindrances so that the said project gets completed in time.
MLA Joykishan also said that opposition and the ruling should come together in proper monitoring of such developmental projects in the larger interest of the public. He also suggested the public, especially the local clubs/bodies should co-operate in such projects and if the need arises, he drew the attention of the government to even provide security where there is disruption work sites.