EDITORIAL: Protracted Projects

As expected, development works which are meant for common good are welcomed by one and all though these projects may entail certain inconveniences and difficulties to the public for some period of time. But at the end, all these difficulties and inconveniences are endured or overlooked thinking that these are for common good and a better tomorrow. In the last five/six years, we have seen many cases...

No Sign Of Relief From IT Road Woes

IMPHAL, March 27:  The IT Road, the sole transport link to the outside world for the people of Tamei subdivision and major chunk of Sadar Hills, is one of the oldest roads of Manipur but it is arguably the most deplorable and dangerous road for the people to use. Bus owners and taxis are reluctant to ply along the IT Road as there is no business benefit. Every third day of plying along the road, the...

ZSUM Decries Highway Politics

IMPHAL, Oct 5: Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Manipur (ZSUM) has deplored the way the Government of Manipur and its Public Works Department have been handling the improvement works of the National Highway 53 since the controversial took over from the BRO. In a statement, State secretary of ZSUM Chungthuigai Kamei alleged that the Highway from Nungba to Jiribam, which is distance of 97 kms, has...

NH-53: TDC Levels Graft Charges On BRTF

IMPHAL, Oct 4: The stretch of the National Highway 53 from Imphal to Jiribam has come to its present sorry state because BRO officials have been misusing the fund sanctioned by the Government for the maintenance of the road for a long time, president of Transporters and Drivers’ Council (TDC) H Ranjit has charged. Talking to media persons at the MG Avenue office of the Council here this afternoon,...

Deplorable State Of NH-53 Fails To Dampen Spirit Of Truckers

IMPHAL, Oct 1: Even as the condition of NH-53 has been deteriorating day by day like a terminal illness, transporters have not changed their mind to use it instead of NH-39. Certain portions of the 222 Kms long highway which has been under the care of Border Roads Organization (BRO) for the last 40 years have gone from bad to worse. Any one travelling along the route would find NH-53 covered with...

Amid Tall Promises To Beautify Imphal… First signs Of Farce To Follow Appear

IMPHAL, Sep 25: Even before completion of placing light-reflecting devices (bileanator) on road/lane dividers at various points at the heart of the capital city, to keep motorists on the alert, some of the bileanators have already crumbled/popped out of the road surface. Under the Imphal City beautification plan, these bileanators were inserted on the road at some specific areas of the capital. With...

79 Bandhs, 10 Blockades In Recent Times Take A Heavy Toll On State

IMPHAL, Sep 22: From January 2009 till the current month, Manipur witnessed as many as 79 bandhs and highway blockades ten times. These frequent bandhs and blockades have caused loss of 1/9th of the State per capita income. According to a Government report, normal life was disrupted by 19 State-wide bandhs last year. At the district level, there was a district level bandh once in Senapati, twice in...

Rs 10 Crores Maintenance For NH-53 Peanuts: CM Ibobi Advocates Alternative, Practical Route

IMPHAL, Sep 15: Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has stated that he desires for an alternative all-weather life-line since maintenance of the 222 km long Imphal-Jiribam road would not be possible with just Rs 10 crores (Rs. 100 million) The Chief Minister also stressed on the need for the public to come forward and contribute their mite towards ushering in peace. He was speaking at the inaugural function...