Progress of Manipur cricket is closely monitored, says CM Biren
Speaking on the maintenance factor of all stadiums in the state, the CM said that priority must be given to the stadium as it needs proper care for the benefit of sports.
The progress of Manipur cricket is closely monitored, regarding the inputs it had provided and the success it had garnered, said Chief Minister N Biren Singh while inaugurating the Southern Gallery of Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex at Luwangsangbam, Imphal East on Wednesday.
He said that the inputs that the state government had made towards the development of the cricket pitch needed to be weighed as to how much it had benefited the players and progress of cricket in the state in the last few years. One needs to retrospect whether it is progressing at the needed pace or not.
Speaking on the maintenance factor of all stadiums in the state, the CM said that priority must be given to the stadium as it needs proper care for the benefit of sports. Once completed or used for sporting activity, a manager or caretaker is needed to assign where responsibility could be fixed regarding its upkeep.
He further said that he would be discussing with his cabinet colleagues whether to create a post or not for stadium maintenance.
“The Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex could become a reality because of the farsighted vision of the local elders. They have protected it and there is still enough space for further expansion and development of the complex. The development of the complex began with just Rs 1.40 crore,” said Biren.
It may be mentioned that the southern gallery of Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex was constructed with NLCPR funds of DoNER ministry with the State Water Resources department as the implementing agency.
Youth Affairs and Sports minister, Letpao Haokip while addressing the gathering spoke at length about the popularity and the craze that the game of cricket had moulded in the minds of people of the country.
“We are good at anything we do, maybe in any sports. So there is a great prospect of cricketers from the state making it to the Indian team someday. The aura it had provided and the salary or fees involved is too intimidating to be left ignored,” said Letpao.
He also said that floodlights would be installed at the Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex very soon.
The inauguration function was also attended by Works Minister Th Biswajit, Education Minister S Rajen, Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi, CAF and PD Minister Th Satyabrata, Deputy Speaker K Robindro, Manipur Buildings and Other Construction Workers’ Board chairman H Dingo, advisor to CM (Health) Dr S Ranjan, Imphal East adhyaksha P Bimola, Manipur Development Society chairman M Ashnikumar and N Hiyainu.