Updated 26 May 2022, 2:47 pm
A four-day ‘Public hearing seeking feedback of the affected persons, finalisation of the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report and Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP)’ for acquisition of land for construction of the Imphal ring road within Manipur’s Imphal West district ended on Thursday.
The affected landowners shared their concerns, while some also raised misunderstandings regarding acquisition and compensation, calling to declare it first.
Replying to the public feedback, Joint Director of the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, T Brajakumar said, “We’re getting positive support and suggestions from the public. Now, we will enhance the existing (first draft) report for further recommendations”.
The last day of public hearing was held at Takyel Kolom Leikai community hall, covering Sangaiprou, Taobungkhok, Ghari, Lamjao Tongba of Imphal West.
During the public hearing, the speakers explained about Imphal Ring Road, stating that the most populous Imphal City of the state has seen rapid exponential growth in traffic since the beginning of the millennium, particularly in the past 15 years.
The growth rate of vehicle registration in the last five years averages about 46 per cent annually against the normal traffic growth rate of 7.5 per cent assumed as per IRC, whereas the expansion of the city road has been stagnant or minimal. It has resulted in chaotic traffic in the major routes within the inner core of the city with traffic jams and delays in the major intersections.
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The Imphal Ring Road project was conceptualized to address the incremental and perpetual traffic congestion of Imphal City and provide a logical solution for the Urban Transport Management of the City, the speakers said.
The project is a city centric project intended at providing better connectivity, promoting expansion of the city, alternative or improved connectivity to major institutes and enabling decongestion of the city. The project shall result in reduced journey time and travel cost, thereby increasing the productivity and overall economy of the state, the speakers informed.
As per the draft report of social impact assessment of SIA unit, the Imphal Ring Road Project was approved by the Cabinet in 2013 while the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance sent a proposal to grant 122 million dollars for the project on February 24, 2020.
Reportedly, the government has to acquire 20.1337 hectare of land from Imphal West for the project.
The public hearing was attended by social activist, BB Sharma; technical expert of SIA, O Biren; Educationist, E Bijoy; survey expert of SIA, Abdul Salam.
First published:26 May 2022, 2:47 pm
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