Imphal, Jan 21: The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) said today that the Olympian Park is in Kangpokpi district, and not as mentioned.
In a statement, the ATSUM said that the official address of the Olympian Park is given as Sangaithel, Imphal West, “whereas the park is actually located in the hill district of Kangpokpi”.
According to the ATSUM, the land where the park stands is “hill land donated by local landowner to the Sericulture department and the government later acquired it from the Sericulture department to build the Olympian Park”. As such, the ATSUM said that the official address of the park given by the government as Imphal West left many of the hill people of the area dumbfounded. “Such an attitude of the government does not go down well with the hill people. What is located in the hill area has to bear the name of the respective district,” the tribal student body also said.
According to the ATSUM, there are many projects of grandeur undertaken by the state government. Olympian Park is one of them. “The feeling of the tribal hill people is such that what harm is there if one of such projects is located in the hill district?”
After all, according to the ATSUM, the Olympian Park is legally and technically located in the hill district. “It should be known that the land was not donated to Sangaithel village by the local landowner but to the government”, it also said. “Therefore, the official address of the park need not bear the name of Sangaithel village. It is imperative that the land and the park where it stands should bear the name of the village and the district that donated it. The policy of the government to locate all its major projects in the valley has to change,” the ATSUM added.
ATSUM felt that such “oversight” of the government ought to be rectified.
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