Kamjong: In line with the BJP-led coalition government’s ‘Go to Hills’ mission, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh made his maiden visit to Kamjong district on Saturday intending to bridge the emotional and developmental gaps between the hills and valley regions.
CM Biren Singh launched 23 projects in the district. Foundation stones for 11 projects costing around Rs 67.80 crore were laid, while 12 projects were inaugurated worth about Rs 24 crore.
Kamjong district was created in 2016 and has a total area of 2,000 square km. The district, predominantly occupied by the Tangkhul Nagas with 94 per cent and Kukis of 4.59 per cent, has a total population of 45,618, as per the 2011 census.
The foundation stone projects include the construction of Ima Market at Kamjong Public Ground, Bailey Bridge over Changkong River, Bailey Bridge over Maklang River on the road from Leiting to Hanghau, Bailey Bridge over Tuyungbi River from Hongbai to Kangoi, Bailey Bridge over Sanalok River, road from L025-Khambi to Nongman, L036-Chatric Khullen to Gambal, construction of the model residential school at Kamjong under PMJVK, a steel truss bridge over Maklang River, and a power sub-station at Nambashi and Nampisha.
The inaugurated projects include Kamjong forest division office complex, temporary office of the Superintendent of Police of Kamjong, School Fagathansi Mission, augmentation of water supply scheme at Lairam Khullen and Khongjal under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), institutional building and health & wellness centre at PHC Kasom Khullen, 33/11 power sub-station at Gumnom, one-stop centre (Sakhi) at Kamjong, Rehabilitation houses of Chassad village construction under Relief & Rehabilitation, rainwater harvesting at Ramrei and works under BADP (model village) at Nampisha village.
Speaking at the occasion, CM Biren Singh said that ‘Go to Hills’ was launched to achieve equal development and opportunities to all the people, both the hills and valley. It would also build mutual understanding and respect among each other, he added.
“I would like to thank and congratulate the people of the hills for their immense support to the mission and promote oneness in the state,” said Singh.
Singh also lauded the Public Health Engineering Department for providing 100 per cent tap water to all the households in the district headquarters. He assured that the executive engineer of the department would be rewarded for his commendable work.
CM Singh also urged officials to complete the ongoing construction before the arrival of the monsoons.
Later, the chief minister also held a first review meeting with his cabinet ministers in the hill district and reviewed projects and works under the ‘Go to Hills’ mission.
Addressing the gathering, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh maintained that development could only be measured by various parameters like the consumption of power, quality of drinking water available, good road communication, healthcare and education.
“Unlike my previous visit in the district in 1992 when I was the DIG of the state where the road was in deplorable condition, now I can see that Kamjong is performing well in all developmental parameters,” said the deputy chief minister.
Maintaining that the present government is all for the state’s development, Joykumar further said, “We are going in the right direction, and we have taken into account equal developmental work across the state.”
During the event, 16 civil society organisations based in Kamjong submitted a memorandum to the chief minister.