Potable water to every household in the state by 2024: CM Biren
Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Manipur Water Supply Project through a video conference today.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said that the Rs. 3050 crores Manipur Water Supply Project would reduce the water problems of the state and would be especially providing a huge relief to the women of the State. He maintained that apart from Greater Imphal, the project would benefit 25 small towns and 1700 villages in the state.
Prime Minister stated that about 25 lakh poor people in Manipur have received free food grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). Similarly, more than 1.5 lakh women in Manipur have been given the facility of free cooking gas under the Ujjwala scheme, he added. He appreciated the Manipur Government for making all the necessary arrangements during the lockdown and special arrangements for the return of natives to the State.
In his welcome speech, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that with such project, potable drinking water would be provided to every household of the State by 2024. He mentioned that the New Development Bank (NDB) funded project of Rs. 3054 crores is the largest single compact project ever sanctioned by the Government of India for Manipur.
The Chief Minister said that under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been visible positive change in Manipur in the last three years. The culture of blockade and bandhs are a thing of past, he added. He mentioned that with the support and co-operation of the people, there has been a cohesive and peaceful environment in the State under the present regime. He mentioned that various developmental activities are being taken up in the State for the welfare of the people of Manipur. With the blessings of the Prime Minister, the government could build women’s market in every district of the State, he added.
It may be mentioned that the Government of India initiated the Jal Jeevan Mission to provide safe and adequate quantity drinking water to every rural household of the country by 2024 with the motto “Har Ghar Jal”.
Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh, Deputy Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary and other high ranking officials were present during the function.