Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sonia concerned over poor roads in Manipur


UPA Chairperson and AICC president Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern over problems being faced by the Manipur public due to the deplorable condition of the National Highways connecting the State with the rest of the country.
A five-member delegation of Women’s Development Organisation Manipur led by it’s president L Phajabi met the AICC President at her New Delhi residence on August 23 and lodged a complaint on the deplorable condition of Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar Highway (NH 53), an alternative lifeline to the State’s Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati Highway (NH 39).
“She (Sonia Gandhi) heard our complaints and said the matter has been discussed with the Prime Minister and Home Minister”, Kambam Seityajit, a social worker, who was part of the delegation, said.
Sonia also assured that the matter relating to the deployment of permanent security forces along the two highways will be looked into in time, he added. Earlier, the Union Home Secretary GK Pillai had also informed the visiting Manipuri delegation that the Centre has chalked out a project costing Rs 360 crore for improving NH-53 which will be completed by 2013.
The NH 53 has become an important supply route after Naga bodies of the State extended the economic blockade on the two highways.


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