Imphal: Manipur works minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Tuesday inspected the 2020 landslide-affected stretch of National Highway 2 at Khongnem Thana in Senapati district.

The minister also assured to release the compensation amount at the earliest for the families affected by the new road alignment for restoration of the national highway stretch.

The landslide that ccurred last October at Khongnem Thana village had completely cut off the Imphal-Dimapur section of the highway. Many heavy vehicles carrying goods remained stranded for days on the highway — considered the lifeline of Manipur.

Speaking to media persons at the site, the minister said that any form of agitation during the present pandemic will cause undue sufferings for the people. He said the government will compensate the affected families at the earliest to facilitate them to shift to a suitable location.

Manipur works minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inspecting the 2020 landslide-affected stretch of National Highway 2 at Khongnem Thana in Senapati district

The minister also met the village chairman and members of the affected families and heard their grievances.

The minister further urged the public to support the government in its endeavour to bring equal development in the state. He said the government has opened its door wide open for the public and further called for constructive criticism instead of spreading negative criticism.

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He further appealed to the residents of Senapati district to make the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination a success by coming out in large numbers.

During the visit, the minister was accompanied by Y Joykumar, additional chief engineer, National Highway, PWD, and other officials concerned. The team also visited the temporary settlement area of the affected families at Khongnem Thana Community Hall.

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