PM inaugurates various projects, lays foundation for some

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 4th Jan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated that with inauguration of the developmental projects, the government has been able to fulfill its promise made in the field of development and has successfully accomplished what the previous government failed to perform.
Addressing a mammoth gathering at Hapta Kangjeibung here Friday, Narendra Modi, who arrived for inaugurating various developmental projects like Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh, Dolaithabi barrage, etc. and to lay foundation for some other projects, recounted that he came to the state after his last visit during Science Congress held last year.
Stating that his government has special concern for north east and is keen to establish close ties between the states and Delhi, the Prime Minister explained that the Union ministers are advised to visit all the states whenever possible. He recalled that he had visited NE more than 30 times during his short tenure as Prime Minister and explained that reason for such periodical visits is due to his desire for meeting and interacting the people of NE.
Honouring the women of Manipur who laid down their lives in the freedom struggle, Modi pointed out that people of NE had once provided full support to Azad Hind Fauz.
In sync with the belief and narratives that ‘opening gateway to east’ will bring independence to the country that time, the government has started taking up steps for establishing cordial trade and human relationships between NE India and south-east Asia in order accelerate development and usher in a new India, he added.
Referring to unveiling of plaques of various developmental projects, the Prime Minister stated that the projects made functional as well as those whose foundation were laid showcase commitment of the government given towards people of the state.
Moreover, dedication of the projects and initiating new ones also testify failure of the previous government to serve the people, the PM stated.
Narendra Modi, whose speech started by welcoming the crowd in Manipuri, said that Manipur today received a Rs 125 crore worth ICP as a present. The check post is not a simple check post but is equipped with many facilities and will hugely benefit the tourists as well as traders and business persons who wish to take advantage of opening of the Indo-Myanmar border, he observed and added that there are provisions of custom clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance, ATM, restroom and other facilities in the ICP.
The Prime Minister, while recalling that filing for Dolaithabi barrage project commenced in 1987 and commissioning in 1992, noted that even when the central government sanctioned a huge economic package in 2004, the then state government was not able to complete the project. The Dolaithabi barrage project should have cost around Rs 19-20 crore only but the project expenditure had spiralled to over Rs 500 crore because of ignorance of the previous government and failure to complete the project in time. The excess money incurred is people’s money, he added.
Conveying that various project proposals were literally gathering dust before advent of the NDA government, Narendra Modi said that PMO after introducing a system has started translating into action pending projects and schemes by establishing rapport between central and state governments. The NDA government is putting efforts to rectify the mistake committed by the past regimes and has strong belief in federalism, he said.
The village of Leisang in Kangpokpi district, which was the last village of India to be electrified last year will be forever remembered, he observed and acknowledged that sports persons of Manipur have been bring laurels to the country and state. He further stated that the national sports university was established in the state in honour of the spirit of sports and excellent performance by athletes of the state.
Mentioning about projects being undertaken in the state, Modi highlighted that the government is able to improve water supply scheme in Churachandpur; set up eco-tourism complex at Thangal Surung; set up tourist destination at Tupul and moreover, water supply scheme has been inaugurated at Lambui, Ukhrul.
While alleging that the problem of unemployment faced by youths of NE was a creation of the then UPA government, the Prime Minister maintained that the new government has been able to provide job opportunities to youths by implementing skill development schemes.
Narendra Modi, who stated that the objective of NDA government is to work for welfare of all, pointed out that bandhs and blockades has not been called since the coming of the BJP led government in the state. He further mentioned that the state government is also making efforts for completing construction of Jiribam-Tupul railway line; improving air connectivity; provision of air cargo at Imphal International Airport; provision of digital broadband service in every panchayats; and improve various other basic infrastructure development projects.
The projects inaugurated by Prime Minister on Friday included ICP, Moreh; Dolaithabi barrage; FCI warehouse at Sawombung; Buffer Water Reservoir, Shirui, Ukhrul; Improvement and Up gradation of Water Supply for Churachandpur zone 3; Eco-tourism Complex, Thangal Surung, Kangpokpi; Integrated Tourist Destination, Tupul; and water supply scheme at JNV, Lambui and surrounding villages.
The projects for which the PM laid foundations comprise infrastructure development for Dhanamanjuri University; flood lighting of Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium and setting up of Astro Turf ground at Langjing Achouba.
Dy CM Y Joykumar delivered the key note address of the function, which was attended by ministers; MLAs; civil, police, army and paramilitary officers among others.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister N Biren conveyed that the Prime Minister visited the state to inspect what the government has accomplished according to its promise that it would accomplish in 15 months what Congress government could not in 15 years. Narendra Modi has visited Manipur four times since his becoming the Prime Minister. This is a sign of his love for the NE. The recognition of NE by the Centre government is because of him, he added.
In a short time, the government has solved problems of bandhs and blockades in the state and of staying up at petrol pumps late at nights for few litres of petrol, Biren noted and affirmed that the government has also bridged the gap between hills and valley; significant brought down crimes; improved Jiri-Imphal road; introduced helicopter service; provided up to Rs 5 lakh to people for treatment under Ayushman Bharat and implemented CMHT.
The chief minister went on to state that out of 2700 villages in Manipur, the government has covered 2337 villages under the ‘Go to Village’ mission and has also set up fast track court for curbing crimes against women.
He also appealed to the people to support BJP in the 2019 election so as to ensure that Narendra Modi remains India’s Prime Minister.
According to our correspondent, inauguration of the Integrated Check Post (ICP), Moreh by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hapta Kangjeibung on Friday was beamed live at ICP Moreh.
A simple function was also organised to mark the occasion and was attended by member (planning & development) of Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) Akhil Saxena, DC (Tengnoupal district) H Rupachandra, SP (Tengnoupal) Dr S Ibomcha and 43 Assam Rifles commandant Sumeet Sood as presidium members.
As the Prime Minister unveiled the ICP, LPAI member Akhil Saxena followed suit by officially inaugurating the ICP at Moreh.
Other officials stationed at Moreh and leaders of various organisations were also present during the function where different cultural programmes were also staged.


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