Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated and laid foundation stones for a host of developmental projects worth Rs 4,815 crore at Hapta Kangjeibung in Manipur’s capital Imphal.

The developmental projects cover diverse sectors, including a 150-bedded Cancer Hospital at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal East district. This state-of-the-art cancer hospital will be constructed at the cost of Rs 160 crore on public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

“This cancer hospital will greatly benefit the people of state in reducing the out-of-the-pocket expenditure who otherwise have to go outside the state for availing cancer-related diagnostic and treatment services,” the PMO said in a statement.

PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for five National Highway construction projects with an investment of Rs 1,746 crore at a stretch of 111 kms. These roads will provide all-weather connectivity to the people in the state, and make it socially and economically strong.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of Manipur Institute of Performing Arts at Gurgaon which will provide a fillip in promotion of the rich art and culture of the state, showcasing its rich cultural diversity and heritage.

With an aim to boost the Information Technology sector in the state, the Prime Minister laid foundation stone for setting-up of Centre for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIIT). The project is the biggest PPP initiative in the state.

Foundation stones were also laid for 72 Projects under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) which will provide the much needed infrastructural support in health and education sectors for holistic development of the minorities. PMJVK seeks to provide better socio economic infrastructure facilities to the minority communities particularly in the field of education, health & skill development which would further lead to lessening the gap between the national average and the minority communities, it said.

Meanwhile, among the 13 projects inaugurated by PM Modi during his visit to Manipur include a 200-bedded COVID-19 Hospital at Kiyamgei. The hospital was constructed at a cost of Rs 37 crore in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with an aim to boost healthcare in the state.

Moreover, to further enhance seamless year-round connectivity to Silchar from Imphal and to provide smooth movement for heavy traffic, the Prime Minister also inaugurated a steel bridge over Barak River on NH-37, which has been constructed at a cost of over Rs 75 crore.

With an aim to effectively provide a variety of technology-based services, including traffic management, solid waste management and city surveillance, the Imphal Smart City Mission- Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) project was also inaugurated along with Imphal Smart City Mission- Development of Western River Front on Imphal River (Phase I) and Imphal Smart City Mission – Development of Mall Road at Thangal Bazar (Phase I) which will boost local identity and economy.

These three projects under the Imphal Smart City Mission is developed at a cost of over Rs 170 crore.

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