IMPHAL: MP Dr. R K Ranjan MP has said an all weather road for border areas is a must as it will boost the economic activity of the areas.
Speaking at the one-day awareness programme on cane and bamboo and its application at Nongkam Satang Village in Tengnoupal on Tuesday, Dr. Ranjan said a proposal will be sent to the ministry of road transport and highways through the state government to construct an all-weather road. Without better road, health infrastructure border areas cannot be developed, he said adding that the Maring community are master craftsmen in cane and bamboo products. They have a special talent in this and more awareness is needed to promote this, the MP stated.
The event was organized by Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal, Manipur; Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur and Nongkam Satang, Choktong and Machi Village Authorities, Tengnoupal District. It is supported by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Assam under North Eastern Council, Ministry of DoNER, Government of India.
The MP further said the agro climate of the area is suited for multiple cropping. As the team from CAU has tested the soil, it’s suited for planting litchi and agar trees besides bamboo which are abundantly grown in the area. By planting this, it will help in boosting the economy of the villagers. He said, people living in the border areas are the guardian of the border and they have been guarding the areas. The MP said he will try to help in all possible ways to boost the economy of the people.
President of the programme, Dr. Lorho S. Pfoze, MP said that the connectivity in the region is very terrible and need to construct a better road between Lamlong Khunou to Nongkam Satang. It is urgent to need to make an international market place at Nongkam Satang to develop a formal trade between India and Myanmar. For this, it is necessary to talk with Burmese and Indian governments.
Prof. M. Premjit, Vice-Chancellor, Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal expressed that Nongkam Satang village is a suitable place for Lychee, Coconut, Cane and Bamboo. That is why he is willing to set up a centre for scientific plantation and skill development of these plants at Nongkam Satang in consultation with the Members of Parliament (MPs) present today. It also needs for establishment of Tissue culture for mass production of nursery plants.
Mr. Rajkumar Mayanglambam, DC, Tengnoupal District also attended as one of the guests of honour in the programme. He also stated that there is a plan to construct a road between Lamlong Khunou to Nongkam Satang under a programme of Assam Riffles and also issued no-objection certificate on it. He will urge it for a speedy process. The issues of no telephone network, lack of health facilities and primary school in the region and he will take it up to solve these problems through a new scheme of Prime Minister.
Th Krishnatombi Singh, the Additional Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal district also expressed that after crossing the border, all the road in the Myanmar are motorable road, but in the case of Manipur, there is no road from pillar nos. 71 to 87. Such situation is threatening to our national security.
During the programme, hand sanitizer, masks, hydroxide and hand gloves were distrusted to the villagers which were provided by the Directorate of Health Services, Government of Manipur and Manipur university. Mr. Morung Makunga, Former Minister, Government of Manipur was also presented as one of the guests of honour of the programme.