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Nearest Route To Guwahati From Imphal

The modern days have brought the world to your corridor and room through TV, telephone, internet and other means of communication. Communication through letter writing has become wastage of time, money and energy and it is the order of the past. Spending of time, energy and money for going to Delhi by surface seems to be more expensive than going by flight. The travel by air costs a little bit higher but when we count the time spent and energy wasting to travel by bus and train, it is comparatively lesser and cheaper.

People have been passing through NH-39 for the past one century for going to Delhi, Guwahati and Shillong and vice-versa. It is very late on the part of the Government of Manipur to find out the shortest route to go to Guwahati or Shillong. Those planners and rulers of Manipur Government have failed to divert their attention towards finding out the shortest road link to Guwahati and for that matter Delhi, the National capital through Tamenglong.

The feeling of jealously and disgust for the Zeliangrong people who produced some prominent freedom fighters like Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinliu who fought the mighty British Government seem to have prevailed over the minds of the past rulers. The people of Manipur have incurred a lot of losses in terms of human bodies, materials like motor vehicles, trucks, goods, etc. and money due to heavy taxations and extortions imposed by different underground organizations in passing through NH-39 in the last 50 years. Had these incurred losses been diverted and invested for construction of a good road to link with Dabaka for Guwahati via Tamenglong, Manipur would have flourished abundantly and many outside visitors/tourists would have been attracted who will fetch sizeable income to the people.

Welcome to CM’s Plan: Shri O. Ibobi Singh, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur has proved to be a man of visions and far-sightedness looking at his plans and pressures he has been making to the Union Minister of Road and Surface Transport for taking-up various road proposals for Manipur. Among them the following roads if converted into National Highways, Manipur will come up as an advanced State in the North-East. Those roads for conversion are:

1. Kangpokpi to Haflong Road via Tamenglong (Imphal-Tamenglong Road – 120 km + Tamenglong – Tousem – Haflong Road – 138 km) as NH-39 (A).

2. Tamenglong to Bishnupur Road via Khongsang and Rengpang (Tamenglong-Khongsang – 39.5 km and Rengpang-Bishnupur – 93 km) as NH-53(A).

If the aforesaid roads are converted into National Highways particularly the first one, Manipur will be brought much closer to Guwahati shorter by almost 100 km than passing through NH-39.

It is, therefore, appealed to the Hon’ble Chief Minister to bring a history to the people of Manipur by converting the aforesaid roads into National Highways for the prosperity and posterity of Manipur.

*The article is written by D P Panmei.

*The writer is a former Minister

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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