The first helicopter service in Manipur between Imphal and Jiribam was launched today at Harinagar Helipad in Jiribam district, bordering Assam.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the service on September 19. Along with the inauguration of Ima Keithel and Harinagar Helipad, he also laid the foundation stone for construction of transit accommodation of doctors and teachers during his maiden visit to the district bordering Assam.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Jiribam has now become a prime area due to the presence of the State’s lone railhead.
As such, the State Government would consider formulating a comprehensive plan for development of Jiribam in consultation with experts, he added.
Stating that people need not be panic about police intensified identification verification drives at Jiribam, the Chief Minister said that there is no ban on entry of any person, who possesses valid documents, to Manipur.
Identification checking is done in all the States and Manipur is no exception, he added.
The State Government never differentiates people as minority or majority and rich or poor, Biren Singh maintained, adding “All the people of the State should be able to live together without any discrimination.”
Nevertheless, while Jiribam is a new district, the State Government would provide the same benefits given other districts, he added.
Regarding various developmental activities, the chief minister said that Imphal-Jiri road had already been revamped, and construction of Makru and Barak bridges was underway.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved over Rs. 25,000 crore for construction of roads in the State, he said that work order for the construction of Jiri-Tipaimukh road had been issued to National Highway Infrastructure Development Ltd. (NHIDL).
Biren Singh also assured that District Transport Office (DTO) would start functioning within two months. Apart from taking up necessary steps to start functioning of Jiri Tea Estate in PPP model, the State Government would also look into the feasibility of launching Barak River Waterways project in consultation with the Assam Government.
Informing that construction of Transit Accommodation would begin from early part of October, the chief minister also said that the State Government would also start construction of ‘Welcome to Manipur’ gate at Jiribam within two months.