IMPHAL, July 23 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of the ambitious Manipur water supply project through videoconferencing. The Rs 3050-crore project is aimed at providing safe drinking water to every rural household in Manipur by 2024.
Speaking in the virtual ceremony, the Prime Minister said that apart from Greater Imphal, the project would benefit 25 small towns and 1,700 villages. About 25 lakh poor people in Manipur have received free foodgrains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, Modi added.
Similarly, more than 1.5 lakh women in Manipur have got free cooking gas under the Ujjwala scheme, the Prime Minister said. He appreciated the Manipur Government for making all necessary arrangements for smooth running of the State during the lockdown.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that potable drinking water would be provided to every household of the State by 2024 under the project. He stated that the New Development Bank-funded project is the largest single compact project ever sanctioned by the Centre for Manipur.
Biren Singh said that under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Modi, there have been positive changes in Manipur during the last three years. The bandh culture is also becoming a thing of the past, he maintained.
The Chief Minister said that various developmental activities are being taken up in the State for the welfare of the people. The Government has been able to build a women's market in every district of the State, he added.
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, Minister of State for the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh, Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, State Cabinet ministers, MLAs, the Chief Secretary and other high-ranking officials were present during the day�s ceremony, a Manipur DIPR report stated.