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Manipur gets Rs 3000-crore aid to provide potable water to households

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh along with other ministers and top officials, inaugurating projects through the digital platform in Imphal on Wednesday. – A Manipur DIPR Photo
 IMPHAL, July 8 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today said that the New Development Bank has sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore to provide potable water to every household of the State.

 Stating that all necessary processes including floating of tenders, issue of work order, etc., have been completed, the Chief Minister said the State Government has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony, slated soon.

Biren Singh was speaking at the inauguration of five water supply projects, an office building of the Weight and Measures Department and the Rapid Antigen Detection Testing Centre in the State through video conferencing from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here today, official sources stated.

Ministers Losii Dikho (Public Health Engineering), Karam Shyam (Revenue), V Hangkhanlian (Agriculture), Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board S Rajen Singh, MLA Okram Henry (Wangkhei), Principal Secretary (Health) V Vumlunmang, Commissioner (PHE) Nidhi Kesarwani, Secretary to the Chief Minister Ningthoujam Geoffrey and Chief Engineer (PHE) Haobam Sunil were present on the occasion.

Acknowledging the cooperation and support of the people for inauguration of these projects within the stipulated time period, the Chief Minister appealed to the people and other stakeholders not to cause any hindrance to the developmental activities being undertaken in the State.

On the COVID-19 situation in the State and inauguration of the Rapid Antigen Detection Centre in Jiribam, Biren Singh said that the recovery rate of patients have reached more than 53 per cent, and that there is no casualty in the State so far. He urged the public to follow the protocols and Standard Operating Procedure prescribed by the Health authorities.

Informing that testing facilities would be made available in other districts too, the Chief Minister said the Government is planning to open a COVID Care Centre in Jiribam district so that the patients can be treated in the district itself.

In his speech, PHE Minister Dikho said that the Government is committed to providing potable water to all households of the State by 2022.

The five water supply projects inaugurated today include the Integrated Water Supply Project for Imphal Planning Area Ph-I (15.89 MLD) at Koirengei, Integrated Water Supply Project for Imphal Planning Area Ph-I (0.80 MLD) including Pumping Station at Sangakpham, Integrated Water Supply Project for Imphal Planning Area Ph-I (Water Treatment Plant of 9.08 MLD) at Canchipur, Water Supply Scheme of Heingang Awang Leikai and a water supply distribution network for Churachandpur.

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