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Decks cleared for Tamenglong-Tousem highway construction

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, Oct 10 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has urged the people of the State not to delay or hinder development projects due to compensation issues. A press release issued by the Chief Minister�s Secretariat here on Friday, stated that the Tamenglong-Tousem highway is becoming a reality soon as the villages of Tamenglong district have given consent for construction of the road with zero compensation for land, properties, forest, etc.

As such, Tamenglong and Tousem will soon get a first-class highway as these villages have taken such a decision in the interest of the State. The villages include Dailong, Tamenglong, Pabram, Phellong, Namtiram I and II, Azuram, Charamba, Mandeu, Tousem, Phoklong, Katangnam, Katiang, etc., he said.

It may be mentioned that the proposal was finalised by the Manipur Government in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar on September 23. The proposal has also been approved by KK Pathak, Managing Director of National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL). He has instructed the consultants, all NHIDCL officials and the DC of Tamenglong district to get all the required procedures done so that the project may start within January next year.

Further, over 14 villages in Assam have also welcomed the project and given their consent with zero compensation. It is hoped that the road will change the living standard of the people inhabiting one of the remotest parts of the State. Further, the road will provide a second lifeline to Manipur and will connect with Guwahati via Haflong.

The road is a part of the Trans-Asian Highway which is being planned to link India with the rest of the South Asian countries.

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