Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday laid the foundation stones for three Ima Keithels or Women’s Markets, which are to be constructed at Bishnupur, Moirang and Nambol. He also laid the foundation stone for the construction of a cold storage and collection unit at Khoijuman, Bishnupur district.
Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd (MPHC Ltd) is the agency for the construction of the three women’s markets and the cold storage.
Speaking at the occasion, the chief minister said that construction of the women’s market and cold storage were taken up in line with the state government’s mission of inclusive development. Assuring that that the construction would be completed within six months, he asked MPHC Ltd to start the construction as soon as possible. The cold storage would facilitate the vegetable producers as their excess produce could be kept at the cold storage and could be saved from wastages, he added.
He also informed that the state government had proposed a comprehensive policy for development of Loktak Lake. To facilitate commuters while visiting Loktak Lake, the road from Imphal to Moirang covering a distance of around 51 km would be widened and upgraded to double lane, he added. He also appealed to the residents residing along the roadside to take into consideration the state government’s plan of road widening while constructing any structure along the roadside so as to avoid damage in future.
Maintaining that law and order of the state had been considerably improved since the formation of the new government, Biren said that women of the state could now give more emphasis on bringing up their children in the right direction and contribute more in the improvement of the state’s economy.
It may be mentioned that the state government in its yearly plan had included construction of women’s markets at Kamgjong, Kanglatombi, Noney, Pallel, Pherzawl, Sekmai and Tengnoupal apart from the three markets for which the foundation stones were laid on Tuesday.
The function was also attended by Water Resources and YAS minister, Letpao Haokip; Education, Fisheries and CADA minister, Sorokhaibam Rajen; chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board, L Radhakishore; chairman of Planning and Development Authority, Tongbram Robindro; chairman of Loktak Development Authority, L Susindro; advisor to the chief minister (Health), Dr Sapam Ranjan; MLA of Bishnupur AC, Govindas Konthoujam; MLA of Nambol AC, Nameirakpam Loken; MLA of Moirang AC, P Sharatchandra; MLA of Wangjing Tentha AC, Paonam Brojen; MLA of Kakching AC, Mayanglambam Rameshwar; chief secretary, Rajesh Kumar; additional chief secretary, P Vaiphei; managing director of MPHC Ltd, C Doungel; chairpersons of Bishnupur, Moirang and Nambol Municipal Councils; deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Bishnupur district; and women of the three women’s markets.