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Rs 30 Crores Earmarked For Dam Project: CM, New Deadline Set For Maphou Dam Again

Chief Minister and his men inspect the work in progress at Maphbou dam. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Setting a new deadline of completing the decades old Maphou Dam by December this year, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi has stated that Rs 30 crores would be earmarked in the next budget for taking up a water supply project which would use Maphou Dam water as its source.

Speaking to media persons at the dam site during an inspection visit of the construction work along with Irrigation and Flood Control Minister N Biren today, Ibobi said that the SPF Government has been closely monitoring progress of the dam construction work.

Construction of spillway has been completed by 75 per cent as the earth dam component is almost 80 per cent complete.

Maximum efforts are being put in to complete the earth dam before arrival of the rainy season with a view to commission the whole dam by December this year, Ibobi stated.

Earlier, it was planned to complete the project by March next year.

Elaborating that the project has three components– irrigation, water supply and power, the Chief Minister informed that preparation of a detailed project report for a water supply project of estimated cost Rs 600 crores.

This project would use Maphou Dam water as its source and supply potable water to greater Imphal areas, he stated.

Informing that there is a proposal to seek funding from Japanese Government for the water supply project, Ibobi announced that the project would be taken up with money from the State Plan amount even if the Japanese Government declines the State Government’s proposal.

Stating that Rs 30 crores would be earmarked in the next budget, the Chief Minister said that the water supply project would be taken up once the construction of Maphou dam is completed.

Appreciating Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s announcement to open a diesel locomotive centre in Manipur, Ibobi said that the State Government would welcome decisions to set up viable industries in the State.

He further claimed that the railway track laying work between Jiribam and Imphal has been making commendable progress.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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