IMPHAL, Sept 22 - A ring road and two flyovers will be constructed here soon with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced this while attending a function on �improving mobility for field functionaries� held in Imphal today. The function was held to hand over 61 GPS-fitted vehicles to subdivisional officers (SDOs) and various police officers deputed in different parts of the State.
Singh said that the ADB had approved in principle of funds amounting to Rs 14,000 crore for the two flyovers and Rs 8,000 crore for the ring road.
Expressing the hope that those officials who got the vehicles in the day�s function would be able to reach out to villagers in a better way, the Chief Minister said that this, in turn, would help the cause of better governance.
Regarding the issue of the Manipur University, Singh said that normalcy would return soon. State Chief Secretary Dr Suresh Babu also spoke on the occasion.
Twenty-five vehicles were handed over to officers in charge of 25 police stations across the State, while 25 others were distributed to the SDOs.
Besides, a total of 11 vehicles were handed over to the IGP (Zone I), the IGP (Zone II) and the SPs of Chandel, Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal, Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Ukhrul and Jiribam.
Heritage park: A heritage park housing traditional huts of all the 33 recognised tribes of the State will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 39 crore at Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur district soon, Chief Minister N Biren said at the annual get-together and freshers� day of Mao Youth and Students� Organisation (MYSO) in Imphal on Saturday.
Public Health Engineering Minister L Dikho and Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N Kayisii were also present at the function, besides MYSO functionaries and Mao women.
The Chief Minister said that the Union Tourism Ministry had approved of the heritage park project and the State Government has set the target to complete the project before next year�s Manipur Sangai Festival.
Singh said that the Cherry Blossom Festival at Mao would be held as part of the Manipur Sangai Festival, a ten-day annual tourism festival to be held in the last week of November. The first Manipur Cherry Blossom Festival was held at Mao in November last year.
On the desire of the Mao people to have an exclusive market in Imphal, the Chief Minister said that he would definitely keep his promise made to Mao womenfolk.