Smart City Mall Road job likely to complete in October

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 1st Jul: The ongoing construction work of Smart City Mall Road undertaken by Manipur Police Housing Corporation (MPHC) with funding from the Ministry of Urban Development is being targeted for completion by October this year.
When queried for details on the road project, MPHC Superintendent Engineer P Brojendro in the presence of Executive Engineer A Radhakrishna informed The People’s Chronicle on Wednesday that Manipur is one of the most important states in the country when it comes to Act East Policy. As Manipur serves as a gateway to the South East Asian countries, it is imperative that profile of Imphal City should be enhanced through initiation of beautification projects and maintaining cleanliness in order to attract foreign tourists to the state, the engineer said.
Moreover, the historic Ima Keithel in the city need to be kept clean and hygienic apart from making it free from pollution, he added.
While recalling that an MoU was signed between the Ministry of Urban Development and Manipur Police Housing Corporation on October 11, 2019 for execution of the Smart City Mall Road Project, the SE informed that the project commenced from February 5 covering 260 metres stretch of the road from BT flyover point to Kasturi junction for the first phase. The approved cost of the said project is Rs 6.23 crore.
The SE further informed that a space of 60 metres along the said road stretch will be reserved for indigenous food cart operators and the area will be created as a relax zone for the visitors. He also disclosed that the road will be constructed by using paper block and tree saplings will be planted along the roadside apart from installing umbrellas to keep away rain. Moreover, signage lights will be installed along the route which will be opened to only pedestrians, Brojendro while assuring that the government will periodically review restriction imposed on entry of vehicles in the said area keeping in mind interest and welfare of the people.
The actual deadline for completion of the project was fixed in June this year, but due to delay in receiving the work order, time taken in mobilising workers (manpower), problems in transportation of materials from outside state and the present Covid situation has slowed down the work progress. Although there are many technical problems, due to the pressure exerted by the government to complete the project, the construction work resumed from June 26 and in case there is relaxation from the Covid situation, the work could be completed in October, he said.


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