Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)

Modi to visit Manipur and Tripura on January 4, launch a slew of development projects

New Delhi, January 2, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Manipur and Tripura on January 4 when he will launch a slew of development projects in the two States.

In Imphal, Manipur, Modi will inaugurate and the lay the foundation stone of 22 projects worth more than Rs 4,800 crore.

In Agartala, Tripura, he will inaugurate the new integrated terminal building at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport and also launch two key development initiatives.

An official press release said the Prime Minister would inaugurate 13 projects worth around Rs 1,850 crore and lay the foundation stone for nine projects worth around Rs 2,950 crore. These projects relate to sectors such as Road Infrastructure, Drinking Water Supply, Health, Urban Development, Housing, Information Technology, Skill Development, Art and Culture, among others.

Among the projects are five National Highway projects to be built at a cost of more than Rs 1,700 crore. The construction of these highways with a cumulative length of more than 110 kilometres, will be a major step to improve the road connectivity of the region, the release said.

They also include a steel bridge built over Barak river on NH-37 at a cost of over Rs 75 crore. The bridge,which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, is expected to enhance seamless year-round connectivity to Silchar from Imphal and reduce traffic congestion.

Modi will also dedicat to the people of Manipur 2,387 mobile towers built at a cost of around Rs 1,100 crore. This will be a major step in boosting the mobile connectivity of the state.

He will also inaugurate the Rs 280-crore water transmission system of the Thoubal Multi-purpose project, which will provide drinking water supply to the Imphal city; the Water Supply Scheme project by Water Conservation, for Tamenglong Headquarters built at a cost of Rs 65 crore, to provide safe drinking water to residents of ten habitations of Tamenglong district; and the Augmentation of Senapati District Headquarter Water Supply Scheme built at a cost of Rs. 51 crore to provide regular water supply to the residents of the area.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of a state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Imphal worth around Rs. 160 crore that will be built on PPP basis. The hospital will greatly benefit the people of state in reducing their out-of-pocket expenditure because they will not have to travel outside the state for treatment of cancer.

He will also inaugurate a 200-bed COVID Hospital at Kiyamgei, which has been set up at a cost of about Rs. 37 crore in collaboration with DRDO.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate three projects of the Imphal Smart City Mission worth more than Rs 170 crore, including the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), Development of Western Riverfront on Imphal River (Phase I) and Development of Mall Road at Thangal Bazar (Phase I). The ICCC will provide a variety of technology- based services in the city, including traffic management, solid waste management and city surveillance. Other development projects under the mission will boost tourism and the local economy and provide employment opportunities, the release said.

Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Centre for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIIT) to be built in the state at a cost of about Rs 200 crore. This project is the biggest PPP initiative in the state and will provide a boost to the Information Technology sector, besides creating employment opportunities.

He will also lay the foundation stone for construction of Manipur Institute of Performing Arts at Gurgaon, Haryana. The idea of such a cultural institute of Manipur in Haryana was first mooted in 1990 but it could not materialize for the last many years. The institute will be built at a cost of more than Rs 240 crore and will promote the rich art and culture of the state. Further strengthening the rich cultural heritage of the state, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the refurbished and renovated Govindajee Temple at Imphal. He will also inaugurate the INA complex at Moirang that will showcase the significant role played by Indian National Army (INA) in India’s independence movement.

In line with the mantra of Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas-Sabka Vishwas, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of 72 projects worth more than Rs 130 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram. These projects will provide the infrastructural support in health and education sectors for holistic development of the minority communities.

To strengthen the handloom industry in the state, he will lay the foundation stone of two projects worth Rs. 36 crore --the Mega Handloom Cluster at Nongpok Kakching in Imphal East District, which will benefit about 17,000 weavers and Craft and Handloom Village in Moirang which will help the weaving households, harness the tourism potential of the Moirang and adjoining Loktak Lake and generate employment for the local people.

The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for the construction of Government Residential Quarters at New Checkon to be built at a cost of around Rs 390 crore. This will be an integrated housing colony with modern amenities. He will also lay the foundation stone of a ropeway project at IbudhouMarjing, Imphal East.

Other projects being inaugurated by the Prime Minister include the new Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kangpokpi under Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure (ESDI) and a new office building of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations.

In Agartala, Modi will inaugurate the new integrated terminal building of Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport and launch key initiatives: Mukhyamantri Tripura Gram Samriddhi Yojana and Project Mission 100 of Vidyajyoti Schools.

The new terminal building of the airport, built at a cost of about Rs 450 crore, is spread over 30,000 square metres. It has modern facilities and is supported by the latest IT network integrated system.

Project Mission 100 of Vidyajyoti Schools is aimed at improving the quality of education in the state by converting 100 existing High/Higher secondary schools to Vidyajyoti Schools with state-of-the-art facilities and quality education. The project will cover about 1.2 lakh students from Nursery to class XII and will cost around Rs 500 crores in the next three years, the release said.

Mukhyamantri Tripura Gram Samriddhi Yojana aims to achieve the benchmark standards for service delivery in core development sectors at the village level. The key sectors selected for this scheme are household tap connections, domestic electricity connections, all-weather roads, functional toilets for every household, recommended immunization for every child, participation of women in Self Help Groups etc. The scheme will incentivise the villages for achieving the benchmark standards for service delivery in different sectors and is expected to induce a sense of healthy competition among the villages to improve the service delivery at grassroot level, the release added.

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