The project aims to provide enough drinking water to every household in Tamenglong Credit: Twitter

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday inaugurated 14 developmental projects, including Phase 1 of the Tamenglong drinking water supply project, and laid foundation stones for another eight projects in Tamenglong district.

This is Singh’s sixth official visit to the hill district as chief minister of Manipur.

Taking to Twitter, CM Biren Singh said the water project was “one of the most ambitious schemes taken up by the state government under ‘Go to Hills’ mission with an aim to provide safe drinking water to every household in Tamenglong district”.

Singh also thanked the Prime Minister Narenda Modi for taking the initiative to provide safe drinking water to every rural household in the state under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

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The water reservoir, constructed at two sites at Tamenglong district headquarters, has a capacity to store over 80 million litres of drinking water. The project will provide sufficient safe drinking water to locals across the district and resolve water scarcity issues during the non-rainy season.

Constructed at a picturesque hill top, the water project was started in the 2018 at a cost of Rs 38.96 crore under the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) Scheme under the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER).

Besides inaugurating the development projects, the chief minister also distributed wheelchairs, health cards and other benefits to the locals as part of the state’s initiative to provide welfare schemes.

Singh also chaired a cabinet meeting for the second time in the hill district and reviewed various developmental projects taken up during the BJP-led coalition government in the state.

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