IMPHAL | June 18
BJP Nungba Mandai on behalf of the public, farmers and the fishing community has appealed the authority concerned to address the deteriorating condition of dam and to start repairing at the earliest to meet the primary objective of the dam.
A release said that the ageing Khoupum Dam which was inaugurated in the year 1978 during the erstwhile Janata Party Government in Manipur was inspected by the team of IFCD officials along with the BJP Nungba Mandal yesterday and found out the general deteriorating condition of the aged maiden irrigation dam of Manipur and its system, which requires for major facelift and revival of the irrigation system in Khoupum to meet the demanding needs of the farmers and fishing community.
In its existing of nearly forty years, this man-made lake has been left unattended by the successive previous Governments of Manipur may be due to the lack of initiative by the local MLA and minister or lack of fund for years, it said.
It further said the dam was constructed for the purpose of irrigation meant to facilitate double cropping and cultivation Rabi cropping but the purpose was nailed due to the apathy of government towards the interior hills district of Manipur.
As the first Prime Minister of India termed the multi-purpose dams and mega dam projects are the temples of modern India. However, due to the lack of political assertiveness and indecision of the previous governments the dam has been laying waste for many years, it lamented.
All major structures along the earthen based of the dam, iron railing, cemented statue of the farmer holding spade, water inlet from the dam to the canal through the tunnel have been eroded extensively or damaged badly, it reiterated adding that a cluster of cemented blocks planted along the base of the lake to protect the continuous wave erosion of the lake have all been damaged due to aged or lack of attention by the authority concerned.
The trail of the canal from the zero point to the end have almost lost its traces, thick vegetation, gardens and bamboo groves have found covered along the old track of canal, it added.
It lamented that the top of the earthen dam which provides road connectivity to the other side of the dam has becomes unmotorable during rainy season since the black toped at the time of construction of the dam nearly forty years ago has been washed.
The physical verification of the dam structure and run way of water to the lower riparian and its main canal line implicitly proved to go for major repairing of the dam to fulfil the primary objective of Khoupum dam, it opined.
The improved means of transportation system in Khoupum and its adjoining areas will really encourage the farmers to go for double cropping and truck farming throughout the year as the farmers of today are very aware of their economy needed to improve to support their ever enlarging families, it concluded.
BJP Nungba Mandai appeals
IMPHAL | June 18