Tungjoy villagers build 80 quarantine huts in a day

Lauding the villagers for their work through Facebook, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday said, “I salute the Poumai tribe for their discipline and hard work and it is a commendable job by the villagers”

In an impressive feat, villagers of Tungjoy, a Poumai Naga village under Paomata sub division, Senapati district in Manipur on Tuesday built as many as 80 huts to quarantine the villagers who will be returning from outside the state.

Each hut meant for one person is fitted with bamboo beds, gas table and electricity with charging sockets and separate toilets. The huts are separated into three groups for the villagers coming from red zones, orange zones and green zones.

The villagers have even set up three information centres where the youths will be spending the nights to receive calls and get details for people coming from three different zones.  

Lauding the villagers for their work through Facebook, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday said, “I salute the Poumai tribe for their discipline and hard work and it is a commendable job by the villagers”.

Speaking to the Imphal Free Press, Tungjoy Village Authority Council chairman MS Marcus said that the villagers have decided to build the huts, around one half kilometers away before reaching the village as a precautionary measures even though there are nearby government schools and building which can be used as quarantine centres.

Marcus said there are around 100 villagers staying outside the state at present and they have expressed their desire to return to the village. At present, any outsiders who wish to visit the village have to seek the permission from the village authority and the same has already been notified, the chairman said.

President of Tungjoy Youths and Students Organisation, ZS Veni informed that the huts are ready to accommodate the villagers coming from outside the states. Fences are also constructed at the boundary of the three different zones to control the movement of the people, he said and added that three different pipelines are provided for the three zones.

Veni said, “It is not an easy job to set up 80 huts in a day or two with all the facilities provided. However, it is our duty to make arrangement and take care of our people”.

Tungjoy village is located 30 to 40 kilometres from Senapati bazar. There are more than 8,000 voters in the village.

First Published:May 18, 2020, 10:43 p.m.