CM Biren inspects progress of sports facilities

IMPHAL, 18th Sep: Chief minister N Biren assessed progress of various sports infrastructure development works on Wednesday.
Speaking to newspersons during the spot visits, the CM announced that installation of flood lighting system at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium, construction of artificial football turf at Langjing Achouba and upgrade of Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium are likely to be completed by December this year.
Biren said that Manipur is a football-loving state, and it now has an international-standard natural grass football pitch at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and an artificial turf ground at RAU Ground, Khurai. Apart from the artificial football turf being developed at Langjing Achouba, the government is actively considering to construct some more artificial turf grounds in other districts as well.
Regarding installation of flood lighting system, Biren expressed hope that people of the state are most likely to get to see matches played under flood light by December this year. Bore piling works for erection of towers are nearing completion while almost all the materials except some poles had already reached Imphal. As per agreement with the private company concerned, installation should be completed by March next year. However, the government has been constantly pressing them to complete the work by December this year, the CM said while adding that the government has also set the same target for the completion of upgrading Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium and construction of gallery at RAU Ground.
He further said that he had directed YAS director to take up immediate steps to make Khuman Lampak Sports complex a plastic free zone and maintain cleanliness.
The total approved cost for installation of flood lighting systems at Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium at Khuman Lampak is Rs 35.31 crore while the approved costs of laying artificial turf at Langjing Achouba and upgrade of Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium are Rs 10.14 crore and Rs 11.14 crore respectively.
YAS minister Letpao Haokip, YAF commissioner Bobby Waikhom and director Harmit Singh Pahuja accompanied the chief minister during the inspection visit.

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