Minister Th Biswajit Singh

Imphal: Trade, Commerce and Industries minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Thursday said that the ongoing renovation work of Trade Center at Moreh is in full swing and it will be completed by May 2021.

Minister Biswajit was replying to a query raised by MLA Korungthang on the 11th day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

“In view of its importance, the government took the decision to upgrade the existing facility and the infrastructure at par with international standard. A total of Rs 1.73 crore has been sanctioned and around 60 per cent progress in terms of repairing and renovation has been completed so far. The renovation work will be completed latest by the end of May 2021 and will be made fully-functional,” he added.

Replying to another question raised by MLA N Loken Singh works minister Biswajit said construction works of Nambol-Hiyangthang Road (NDR) will be started at the earliest.

Once the administrative approval is obtained, the e-Tender process will initiate the construction works as soon as possible. For this, a total of Rs 1.22 crore has been earmarked, he added.

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With the assistance of World Bank, a 33/11 KV Power Sub-Station will be constructed in Patsoi Assembly Constituency, said minister Biswajit who also holds the power portfolio while responding to another query raised by MLA Mirabai Devi.

The power minister said that the project was sanctioned in 2014 with an estimated cost of Rs 6.91 crore with 50:50 funding pattern to be borne by the Government of India and World Bank respectively.

Earlier, an area of 0.59 acre was identified but due to certain conditions, the site has been shifted to a new location in the same constituency. Soil investigation work has been started and construction work will also be started, he added.

Education minister S Rajen Singh said that at present there is no plan to absorb teachers of KGBV & residential schools. Replying to a question and supplementary raised by MLA D Korungthang, minister Rajen said under 90:10 funding pattern, the central share has been released timely. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, these schools have been closed and after the situation permits, normal functioning of the school will be resumed. A total of 44 full-time and 33 part-time teachers are employed with these schools. Once the funding pattern of the centre is changed, the government will look into the issue of absorption, he added.

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