STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 11th Oct: While pledging to strengthen the presence of security personnel for securing state and national highways, chief minister N Biren announced that damage caused to the national highways due to natural disasters and incessant rainfall would be repaired within short notice.
Speaking as chief guest of the inauguration function of ‘Police-Press’ workshop at 1st Bn MR Banquet Hall here on Wednesday, the CM informed that subsequent to meeting Union minister for road transport & highways Nitin Gadkari last month, an amount of Rs 32 crore has been released by the Ministry for repairing the flood damaged National Highways in the state.
Moreover, a proposal has been sent to the Ministry for the construction of 12 new roads for linking interior areas with the state and National Highways, Biren said.
Stressing the need for maintaining healthy police-public relationship, he assured to instruct police authorities for conducting regular patrolling along the state and national highways at the earliest possible as desired by the people.
Biren informed that among other grievances and suggestions aired to him during the Hill Leaders’ Meet on Tuesday, people settling along the Imphal-Jiribam section of National Highway-37 urged for concrete security measures, including regular foot patrolling by security personnel.
Noting that such grievances are understandable as people often feel insecure while travelling along the state and national highways, he assured to take appropriate measures to live up to the expectation of the people of Manipur.
The chief minister also commented that the public are gradually starting to have faith upon the police as could be comprehended from people living both in hills and valley not hesitating to propose for police patrolling to ensure safe conveyance. This is a sign of healthy relationship between the people and police in the state, he added.
It is not essential for an elected government to exist for bringing structural development in any state as such task could be handled with convenience even during President’s rule, Biren said, while pointing out promoting government-public cordiality should be the focus of a publicly mandated government.
In order to cement the relationship with the people, priority needs to be given towards solving even minor issues faced by the people and judicious execution of people-oriented schemes and projects, opined the CM, adding that the along with launching new welfare projects the new government will not deviate from its promise to deliver better governance.