KANGPOKPI: Newly inducted Minister, Awangbou Newmai visited the state oldest highway Imphal-Tamenglong road, commonly known as I.T Road or Twilang road today considering the plights of Twilang people as the area has been totally cut off since July 6 due to landslide between Poudel Basti and Thonglang Atongba village.
The forest, environment and climate change and sericulture Minister was accompanied by Addl. Chief Engineer and other officials of the Public Works Department, Govt.of Manipur apart from SDO T.Waichong and Addl. SP(Ops), Kangpokpi.
A massive landslide that occurred on July 6 along the Imphal-Tamenglong road had swept away around 40 metre of the road near Thonglang Atongba village and cut off the area with rest of the world rendering immense hardships to the people.
It had also affected more than 150 metres of the road and its surrounding area causing fissure and earth crack inside few residential houses at Thonglang Atongba rendering them in dilemma while affecting around ten residential houses of the village.
The state oldest highway, Imphal-Tamenglong road serve as the only lifeline of more than thirty thousand people residing in the area who have now been totally cut off.
The Joint Monitoring and Development Committee on I.T Road Kangpokpi to Tamei had drawn immediate attention of the concerned authorities and the state Government but it remained unattended till today alleged the committee.
The committee then decided to protest the alleged negligence of the state Government in its joint meeting yesterday with various other civil society organizations leaders of Kangpokpi District but later decided to first meet Minister Awangbow Newmai and subsequently meet the Minister this morning at Imphal who immediately initiate an inspection tour today itself.
On the sideline of the inspection, Minister Awangbou Newmai said that it is an annual problems of the people residing along the state oldest highway Imphal-Tamenglong road on every monsoon season and it’s time a permanent solution is established to address the public annual plights.
He said that I am deeply hurt considering the pitiable condition of the people annually on every monsoon owing to the bad road connectivity which is the only lifeline of the people.
The Minister assured that technical process and political pressure to restore the road shall be initiated within 2/3 days and I will try my best to begin the work of alternative connectivity or restoration of the road swept away by the landslide.
However, the Minister said that it should be a collective efforts and urges the people to cooperate and help the Government in their capacity to restore the road.
He also appreciated the concerned and commitment of the Joint Monitoring and Development Committee on I.T. Road Kangpokpi to Tamei, SDO T.Waichong and Addl. SP (Ops) Kangpokpi and exhorted them to continued in helping the Government restore the road.
Meanwhile, Lutngam Manlun, Chairman Joint Monitoring and Development Committee on I.T. Road Kangpokpi to Tamei expressed sincere gratitude to the Minister on behalf of the people for his keenness and concerned towards solving their plights and also assured to help in whatever they can to restore the road.