CM Biren inaugurates Eco Tourism project at Cheirao Ching

The Manipur chief minister said that solar lamps would be installed up to the hill-top and security would be deployed for the convenience of the visitors who would like to visit at night time as well.


An Eco Tourism Project developed under the Minister of DoNER (NLCPR) was inaugurated by Chief Minister N Biren Singh at Thangmeiband Cheirao Ching in Imphal West district on Wednesday.

Speaking at the occasion, N Biren Singh said that people in Manipur used to live amid tensions within the confines of their homes and there was limited time for leisure in life. As such, with the improvement of the situation in the past few years, the government had been trying to give space for leisure by developing such sites which could also attract tourists, he added.

The chief minister informed that the foundation stone for Cheirao Ching Eco Tourism Project developed at an estimated cost of around Rs 15 crore was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit in March 2018. The project was completed within three years though it was hindered for quite a long time due to delay in getting Forest/Environment clearance and COVID-19 pandemic.

Observing that development projects should always be planned with a farsighted vision, he stated that various localities are now frequently flooded due to rampant constructions in Lamphelpat which should have been kept as a wetland.

Mentioning that it is heartening to learn that local clubs of Thangmeiband are ready to get involved in running the tourist site, the chief minister said that a modality would be formulated soon in consultation with the local MLA and local clubs for the operation and maintenance of the site. He further said that the government is planning to install electric cars for old age and differently abled people, who wish to reach the towers located in the hill-top.

He also said that solar lamps would be installed up to the hill-top and security would be deployed for the convenience of the visitors who would like to visit at night time as well. Expressing hope that the project would definitely benefit local people, he sought support and cooperation from them regarding proper maintenance and running of the site.

Regarding COVID-19, he said that the people still need to be careful and strictly maintain COVID Appropriate Behaviors because some states are currently facing the second wave of the pandemic. As a preventive measure, Biren said, testing of passengers coming from five states has already begun at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.  

Tourism Minister Oinam Lukhoi, CAF and PD Minister Thokchom Satyabrata, deputy speaker Kongkham Robindro and MLA Thangmeiband assembly constituency, Kh Joykishan, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar and other high ranking officials also attended the function among others.

First Published:Feb. 24, 2021, 9:22 p.m.

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