Old Cachar road among 7 highways to be upgraded to NH: Works minister

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Imphal: Works, youth affairs and sports minister Govindas Konthoujam on Monday informed the House that the historic Tongjei Maril, popularly known as Old Cachar Road has been proposed to upgrade to national highways (NH) along with six other highways in the state.

Replying to a question raised by Tamenglong MLA Janghemlung Panmei, minister Govindas said that there is a plan of the state government to upgrade the historic Tongjei Maril (Old Cachar Road) to the status of National Highway. Thd said road is among the seven (7) roads whose upgradation to NH status has been approved in principle, said the minister in the House.

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Regarding the Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong Road project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), minister Govindas informed the House that the said project is under progress with physical progress of 78% and financial progress of 72.60% as on 31st January, 2023. The loan closing date of the project is scheduled on 30 June, 2023, he added.

Meanwhile, in a question raised by MLA K Ranjit Singh on the water requirement in Imphal area, PHED minister Leishangthem Susindro Meitei said in the House that 133.52 MLD of waters are required by the inhabitants of Imphal areas daily and 85 MLD of water are sourced from Chingkhei hill through Maphou Dam. 

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The minister also said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, 75 percent households in the state received tap water following the JJM guidelines. 

Further, minister Susindro expressed that Village Water Sanitation Committee plays a major role in successfully implementing water supply scheme in the state.

On the Calling Attention put up by MLA Thangjam Arunkumar on the reported probable indefinite bandh on Imphal-Ukhrul road by the women street vendors of Khuman Lampak area, Minister for MAHUD Yumnam Khemchand Singh said that all stakeholders will be consulted for identifying alternate site for setting up permanent market sheds after the completion of this session.

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On Monday, chief minister minister N Biren Singh moved discussion and voting on Demands for Grants, 2023-2024 for Medical, Health & Family Welfare Services,  Municipal, Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary including Dairy Farming, Community and Rural Development and Planning for consideration.

During the ongoing budget session, Motion for disapproval of policy cuts were raised by MLA K Ranjit Singh on Demands for Grants on Medical, Health & Family Welfare Services, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary including Dairy Farming, Community and Rural Development and gave observations for Municipal, Administration, Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture.

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