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Corporation Tag For Imphal Civic Body: CM

IMPHAL, Mar 26: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said the Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) would soon be upgraded to a corporation by including some new wards to ensure better development in the state capital.

Incidentally, the council, which has 27 wards in both Imphal West and Imphal East districts, had been put under suspension by the government for nearly seven months, citing gross financial irregularities and abuse of power.

Stating that development projects are focused more in the municipality areas, Ibobi said his government is monitoring such programs being undertaken by various agencies to speed up the work and check quality control.

Pointing out that Imphal is one among the 63 mission cities selected under the centrally sponsored scheme Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the chief minister said various development projects on Naga rivulet, Nambul River, drainage systems and solid waste management are being taken up on priority basis in sync with the ministry’s guidelines.

While discussing demands in the assembly on Thursday, Ibobi said a team of experts from Manipur University had conducted a survey to identify the real street vendors of Khwairamband Bazaar for allocating them in the temporary market shed.

Stating that the government is checking compatibility of the photographs included in the survey report with the street vendors, the chief minister said those found compatible with the report would be treated as genuine street vendors.

Manipur public health engineering minister T N Haokip, who took part in the discussion, emphasized the need to have a proper coordination between PHE, forest and environment, irrigation and flood control and power departments to tackle the water crisis gripping the state.

Stating that efforts are being extended to replace old water pipelines installed in the treatment plants in Imphal and greater Imphal areas with new ones in phases under the standing guidelines, Haokip said the department has been conducting a door-to-door survey to check unauthorized connections.

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(Courtesy: TNN)

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