Chief Minister N Biren inaugurated the new Electrical and Mechanical Workshop building at Imphal International Airport on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, N Biren conveyed appreciation to the officials of PDA for completing the construction on time with quality maintenance. Mentioning that the upgradation of Imphal airport into an international airport was a long awaited project, he stressed on the need for developing the airport into a fully functional international airport at the earliest.
N Biren also urged every implementing agency to improve their technical knowhow, prepare better manpower and other necessary infrastructures before taking up any work contract. Work agencies concerned should bear knowledge of the ground situation beforehand as it is vital for timely completion of any project, he said. “Quality should always be maintained by every implementing agency while carrying out any project keeping in view the larger interest of the public and the state,” he added.
Asserting that connectivity of Manipur with other states of India had considerably improved in the recent years, N Biren said that the government would have a consultation with the Airport Authorities to develop necessary infrastructure and facilities for extending the operational duration of Imphal International Airport.
In regards to the recent surge of COVID-19 positive cases in many other states, he said that the state government had issued an order making it mandatory for everyone entering Manipur to produce a COVID-19 negative test report taken within 72 hours from their arrival time with effect from Sunday.
He further made a public appeal for people to refrain from unnecessary gatherings and cooperate with the government’s effort to contain the spread of the second wave of the pandemic by strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued. “The SOPs had been prepared under the guidelines of the ministry of health and family welfare to save people’s lives from the disease, he added.
Chairman, PDA T Robindro said that PDA was entrusted with the construction work of the building in November, 2017. “However, due to necessary formalities which needed to be completed prior to the commencement of construction work, it was delayed for a year and construction process started from November, 2018,” he explained adding that the construction of the workshop building was completed this year in March.
The inauguration programme also witnessed the attendance of chairman Loktak development authority, L Susindro, regional executive director, North East region, Airport Authority of India M Suresh and director, Imphal international airport S Mariappan along with officials and staff of PDA and Imphal international airport amongst others.
The implementing agency for construction of the building was Planning and Development Authority (PDA), Manipur. (DIPR)