Jiri meet demands befitting district level facilities

IMPHAL, 16th July: Taking serious note of lack of developmental initiatives in the newly created district, people of Jiribam have urged the state government to ensure availability requisite infrastructure and services commensurate with full-fledged revenue district. Taking part in a public discussion organised jointly by Protection and Preservation Committee, Manipur (PPCM) and Jiribam United Committee (JUC) at Jiri Town Hall, leaders of various ethnic groups voiced serious concern over the existing condition in Jiribam district and urged the state government for ensuring availability of all facilities and services due to a full-fledged revenue district including early opening of government offices.

While lamenting lack of developmental activities in Jiribam district with regard to road connectivity, healthcare services, education and administration services, the leaders also unanimously resolved to ban oil exploration activities which are being carried out in different places of the district, conveyed PPCM publicity secretary Jeetendra Ningomba.

Furthermore, the public meeting resolve to exert pressure on the government for making National Highway No. 37 an all-weather road, imposing restriction on illegal settlement by non-locals and upgrading the existing 50-bedded hospital to District Hospital. They also demanded installation of necessary equipment and posting of adequate number of medical staff and officers, Jeetendra said.

Along with urging the government to re-establish industries which used to flourish in Jiribam, the public meeting also demanded the government for giving preference to the locals in job recruitment in the district, he added. Jeetendra further conveyed that PPCM team inspected condition of National Highway no. 37 on July 9 during which it came to light that most part of the highway have been damaged by landslides and heavy rainfall. One km long stretch of the road in Noney district was found submerged under flood water. Deplorable condition of the road was also observed at Irang area and Turning bridge area while about one km road stretch near Makru bridge road was yet to be black-topped. Accumulation of slush at Giri Liklam hindered movement of heavy vehicles though earth excavators were seen clearing the debris. Landslides were also found affecting the road in Seijang, Kotland, Makru, Ramkhul and Awangkhul. All the damages caused along the NH-37 are due to lack of proper drainage and canal system, he opined.

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