Locals of Tharon village, Thangmeiband, Imphal West demanded the state chief minister and other MLAs to keep Tharon village unaffected while constructing the proposed Ring Road under ADB funding in the Greater Imphal area.
In connection with the demand, the locals under the supervision of Tharon Village Authority staged a sit-in-protest at the community hall of the village on Saturday.
Speaking to the media, one of the locals, named Athon Gangmei said that the village was established about 500 years ago during the reign of Maharaja Lamgramba. The village has been an example in the history of Manipur of people of the hills and valleys living in harmony and unity since centuries, he added.
He said that the people of Manipur and villagers of Tharon village welcome the coming of Ring Road. However, there is an apprehension that the road will greatly affect the mass area of the village. If the village has been affected with the coming of Ring Road then there is no alternative place to shift the village.
Shifting of Tharon village would have much impact in the history of Manipur, they said.
“In the past, more than 10 families had sacrificed their valuable agricultural lands during the construction of NIT, Lamphelpat. The proposed Ring Road would also affect many homesteads and plots and no more lands will be left for their resettlement and the new development would be another human tragedy,” said Athon.
The locals staged the protest with placards written, ‘Government Should Respect Human Right’, ‘No Road Through Our Home’, ‘Government Intends By Hook Or By Crook To Remove Our Village’ and others.