IMPHAL: On the third day of the ongoing 10th Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, the House unanimously passed six Demands for Grant amounting to a total of Rs 1050, 80, 35, 000.
The said demands are Rs 122, 43, 54, 000 for State Legislature; Rs 6, 50, 84, 000 for Council Of Ministers; Rs 100,74,59,000 for Secretariat; Rs 20, 66,41,000 for Transport; Rs 723,55,08,000 for MAHUD (Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development); and Rs 76,89,89,000 for Relief and Disaster Management.
During the Demand Discussion, clarifying to a question raised by MLA Konthoujam Govindas, leader of the House Nongthombam Biren Singh said that in order to reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollution in Imphal city and around, the government has planned ahead to replace the existing diesel autos by electric-run auto vehicles. He added that the government is also planning to acquire 25 numbers of electrical buses at the earliest to ply in the city area roads, and to permit the congestion-causing diesel autos upto a certain point of the city only.
Further, the Chief Minister also mentioned that the present government is planning to initiate for the construction of ‘automated multi-layer parking system’ as a part of the Imphal Smart City Project, and identification of suitable location for this project has already begun.
Biren also said that connectivity between Imphal and the remote areas of the state will even get better as more helicopter services will be introduced, in addition to the existing ones, especially for Churachandpur, Ukhrul and other hills districts. The Imphal-Dimapur flight service will now cater daily service, and the long-cherished Imphal-Mandalay bus service will begin from the coming April month.
On the other hand, MAHUD Minister Th Shyamkumar Singh, while responding to questions raised by MLAs K Meghachandra and Okram Surjakumar Singh, said that ‘drinking water-ATMs’ will be installed in certain locations of the Khwairamband Ima Keithel within a short time for the convenience of the women vendors, the visiting tourists and the public. He also stated that the ongoing construction of Tombisana Market will be completed and be handed over to the public as soon as possible. To realise this, the earlier tender had been cancelled and a fresh tender was processed.
Later, the House introduced The Kangla Fort (Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Manipur University of Culture (Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Bir Tikendrajit University, Manipur Bill, 2020; and The Manipur Sewerage Bill, 2020 for discussion.