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Once a ‘blockade state’, Manipur now opening ways to international trade: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 13 projects worth around Rs 1,850 crore and laid the foundation stones of nine projects worth around Rs 2,950 crore as a part of his visit to Imphal on Tuesday.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 5 Jan 2022, 5:23 am

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Manipur was once a ‘blockade state’ during the rule of the previous government, but with the initiatives undertaken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government both in state as well as in Centre, the state is now opening ways for international trade, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

Modi was addressing the gathering at Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal East while inaugurating 13 projects worth around Rs 1,850 crore and laying the foundation stones of nine projects worth around Rs 2,950 crore as a part of his visit to Imphal on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, he said that the previous government, in order to get political mileage, played political games among the people of hills and valley.

He said with the coming of the double-engine government both in the state and Centre, the Northeastern states, including Manipur have been making steps towards development.

"There is no fire of extremism and insurgency in the Northeastern region, but there is light of peace and development now. Hundreds of youths across the Northeast state have left arms and joined the mainstream for development," he claimed.  

Modi said the present BJP government has resolved to ‘Act East’ for the Northeastern states, including Manipur. The region is now becoming the gateway to India’s development, the prime minister said.

The government is giving priority to the Northeastern states on development, and it could be achieved only with the double-engine government, he added.

Governor La Ganesan, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, various council of ministers and MLAs attended the function.

The 13 projects inaugurated during the prime minister's visit to the state included the Water Transmission system of Thoubal Multipurpose project; Water Supply Scheme project by Water Conservation at Tamenglong Headquarters; Steel Bridge over Barak River on NH-37; traffic management; solid waste management and city surveillance; the Imphal Smart City Mission- Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) project; Imphal Smart City Mission- Development of Western River Front on Imphal River (Phase I); Imphal Smart City Mission - Development of Mall Road at Thangal Bazar (Phase I); a project for development of the INA complex at Moirang; Project for Refurbishing, Restoration and Renovation of Govindajee Temple; New Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kangpokpi under Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure (ESDI); New Office Building of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations; 2,387 mobile towers with 4356 Base Receiver stations; the project for Augmentation of Senapati District Headquarter Water Supply Scheme for Promoting Tourism under NESIDS on Turnkey Basis and a 200 bedded Semi-Permanent (Steel and Metallic Modular Interconnected Structure) Covid Hospital at Kiyamgei Mayai Leikai, Imphal East.

Modi also laid foundation stones of nine projects, including five National Highway Construction Projects covering 111 km for further improvement of road infrastructures, and a Steel Bridge built over the Barak River on NH-37 at a cost of over Rs 75 crore, which would decongest traffic between Silchar and Imphal. He also dedicated to the people of Manipur 2,387 mobile towers built at a cost of around Rs 1,100 crore.

First published:4 Jan 2022, 4:44 pm

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