Minister Biswajit inaugurates two RCC bridges, one 33/11kv substation in UKL
DIPR/STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 11th Mar: Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated the newly constructed Challou River Bridge, Layii Bridge and a 33/11 KV power sub-station at Nungbi Khullen in the presence of Chingai MLA Khashim Vashum in Ukhrul district on Sunday.
The Challou river bridge has been constructed under NLCPR at a cost of Rs 299.92 lakh.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Minister Biswajit explained the correlation between good connectivity and economic development of the state. He also stressed that improving the quality of communication is a huge priority of the present government, and added that communication gap contributes to disunity among the communities.
The minister further said that the ‘Go to the Hills’ slogan of the present government was introduced with the main objective of bringing uniform development in the hills and the valley of the state.
Biswajit also said that the present government has no intention of claiming the inauguration of the bridge as its achievement. The Challou River Bridge is an important bridge in the area and will connect interior villages namely Kuingai, Tusom Christian village, New Tusom, Wahong, Soraphung, etc with Chingai Sub Division Head Quarters and district Head Quarters, Ukhrul, he conveyed.
Responding to appeals made by village authorities through memorandums submitted to him, the Minister assured installation of a 33/11 KV Sub-Station in the area at the earliest. He also gave assurance on completion of laying of second WBM of six roads under PMGSY namely Chingai to Tusom Pt I, II and III.
He further explained about the various schemes of the government including UJALA, PMGSY, etc.
MLA Khashim Vashum expressed his happiness over the formal inauguration of the bridge by the works minister and conveyed that Biswajit is the first Minister to visit the village in 40 years since former Chief Minister Yamsho Shaiza's last visit to the area in 1978.
He further urged the people not to forget that the government cares for the people and also sought cooperation of the public to the government’s effort in bringing development to the area.
As part of the government’s celebration of completing one year of its term, Minister Biswajit also handed over 200 LED bulbs to members of village authorities who attended the function, The Led bulbs are to be distributed among the poorest of their villages.
Later in the evening, Minister Biswajit inaugurated a bridge over Layii River which connects Kharasom Lazo in Ukhrul district with Layii in Senapati district. The bridge was constructed with an expenditure of Rs 350.79 lakh under NLCPR fund and it will facilitate mobility and accessibility of villages in Ukhrul and Senapati districts and the travel time between the two district head quarters, particularly between Kharasom Lazo and Layii will lessened.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Biswajit informed that inauguration of the bridge is not an attempt to show achievement of the government but just a formal handing over of the bridge to the public.
Responding to the memorandums submitted during the inaugural function, he assured to act on selective demands on priority basis.
Reiterating that the State government has set a target of providing electricity to all households of the state by December 2018, the Minister urged the authorities concerned of the area to identify villages and houses which are yet to get electricity. He further stated that the present government is for the people and appealed to the people to cooperate and support the government in its effort to bring development in the state.
Meanwhile, a 33/11 KV substation was also inaugurated by the minister at Nungbi Khullen of the district. The sub-station has been constructed at a cost of Rs 14.49 lakh under NLCPR and state plan support. The substation would be providing electricity to 13 villages which include Nungbi Khullen, Nungbi Khunou, Kalhang, Kuirei, Awang Kasom, Chingai, Kongai, Wahong, Marem, Paoyai, Phungcham, Poi and Huishu villages.
The inaugural function of the two bridges was also attended by DC Ukhrul District Dr Harmit Singh Pahuja and others.