Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday said that the state government is currently assessing the situation together with the Centre for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 from the region.

The CM’s statement came on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony for two bridges constructed over Imphal River at Ngathem Mapa and Achanbigei Awang Leikai in Imphal East district under Heingang Assembly Segment, his home Constituency. 

The bridges have been constructed by the Manipur State Rural Road Development Agency under the PMGSY scheme. The 64-metre long bridge at Ngathem Mapa has been constructed at a cost of Rs 720.05 lakh, while the 72-metre long bridge at Achanbigei Awang Leikai has costed Rs 712.23 lakh after construction for both began on March 7, 2019.

Speaking to reporters, CM Biren Singh pointed out that Imphal River passes through Heingang AC, covering a long stretch of around 17 km. “But there were not enough bridges earlier. So the government decided to construct these concrete bridges at strategic points for the convenience of the public,” he said. 

The chief minister further informed that construction of different infrastructure projects across the state, including those whose foundation stones were laid by the Prime Minister, would continue as usual even during the enforcement of Election Model Code of Conduct. He said that the government has also set a target to provide tap water to 80 per cent of the total households of the state.

Responding to a query regarding the Court petition filed against the implementation of ILPs in Manipur, the chief minister said the state Cabinet has resolved to fight it legally at the maximum level.

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