Imphal: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh inaugurated the Institute of Driving Training and Research Centre at Top Dusara, Imphal East under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on Friday. Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function at the complex of the institute, chief minister N Biren acknowledged that the people must have suffered for the past 4-5 months. He said that the present crisis is already identified to be a war waged against the Indian Union, and so the people should support the steps taken by the centre and the state to safeguard the state from all forces trying to disintegrate Manipur. The central and state governments are taking all responsibility and they are there to protect the people. So, we must also ensure that people are continuing with their normal lives, like students going to their schools and colleges, farmers going to their fields, shops are opened, etc, he added. N Biren said that the people and officials of the state government have to work doubly harder and pick up the working pace to make up for the lost time. The state was moving forward and hosting events like Femina Miss India, international football tournaments, G-20 events, and foreign investors were lining up to invest in the state, he added.
At the inauguration of the IDTRC, the chief minister said human lives are very precious and that loss of lives due to accidents is very shocking, but the Institute of Driving Training and Research Centre will certainly help minimize the number of accidents in the state. A major cause of accidents in the state is the lack of technical knowledge of driving by people driving vehicles, he said and stressed the need to follow proper traffic rules and regulations. He explained the facilities available at the institute and said that the opening of the institute would also help with the proper issuance of driving licenses. He said the Transport Department should also see that the IDTRC takes a major role in the authorization of driving licenses. The inaugural function was attended by ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Awangbou Newmai, L Susindro Meitei, H Dingo, Khashim Vashum, MP Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs Th Shanti and Sapam Kunjakeshore, chief secretary Dr Vineet Joshi, among others.
Chief minister N Biren also attended separate groundbreaking functions of “Rejuvenation of Lamphelpat Water Body to Alleviate Urban Flooding, Providing Sustainable Water Source for Imphal City and Promoting Eco-Tourism” and “Integrated Sewerage System for City of Imphal Phase-II” at Lamphelpat. Speaking at the groundbreaking function of Rejuvenation of Lamphelpat Water Body to Alleviate Urban Flooding, Providing Sustainable Water Source for Imphal City and Promoting Eco-Tourism organized by the Water Resources Department (WR), N Biren said that it is a long-due dream of all people of the state. The project will be taken up by the New Development Bank at a project cost of around Rs 650 crores with a project duration of 4 years, he said, adding that heavy machinery required has reached the site.
The chief minister also appealed to the people of the state, especially the surrounding areas, to cooperate and support the project and help the government restore Lamphelpat to its past glory. He added that already 443 acres of land have been acquired and the government is trying to acquire some more from the RIMS. At the groundbreaking function of the Integrated Sewerage System for City of Imphal Phase-II organized by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), the chief minister also said that the state had unfortunately faced some disturbances for 3-4 months, but with God’s grace and support of the public it is slowly returning to normalcy. N Biren highlighted the need to take up developmental projects as the state slowly returns to normalcy. We have to show that despite having so many difficulties, Manipur has overcome everything, he said, asserting the need for everyone, including ministers, MLAs, and government officials to work day and night as a team. He said that the Integrated Sewerage System for City of Imphal Phase-II has a project cost of around Rs 1255 crores. N Biren said that the government is committed to properly preserving nature and at the same time taking up developmental projects.
Speaking on the occasion, PHE minister L Susindro said that under phase-II the project will be expanded to more localities and will also include the construction of pump houses and laying of pipelines, among others. He further sought the cooperation of the people in the implementation of the project. The groundbreaking functions were also attended by Ministers, MLAs and officials of PHED and WR.