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Jiribam, September 20, 2018(DIPR): Water Resources Minister Shri Letpao Haokip inspected the banks of Jiri river at Jiribam on Wednesday afternoon. The department will consider construction of retaining walls of the river in Manipur side in the near future, he assured.

It may be mentioned that Jiri river is the only river that runs through the newly-created Jiribam district, and it remains an important river as it marks the boundary between Manipur and its neighbouring state Assam.

Apart from the minister concerned himself, yesterday’s field inspection was also joined by Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y Joykumar; TD Minister Shri N Kayisi and Jiribam MLA Shri Ashab Uddin.

Chief Engineer of WR Department Shri Ksh Pritam and many other top officials of the department were also present in the inspection.

The team first went to Leingangpokpi area of the district and later at Ningshing Khun. In addition to inspection of rivers in the said two areas, the team also stop-by at the district WR office at Leinganpokpi to know about the current situation of the office premises, and discussed about what steps and projects could be develop there.

WR Minister Shri Letpao expressed that the horse-shoe shaped portion of the river is prone to frequent bank erosions. Hence, the department will do its level best to build retaining walls in this portion of the river, as protection of this river is very important as it demarcates the boundary of Manipur and Assam at Jiribam.

The ministers were in Jiribam since the last three days as a part of the Council of Ministers to take part in yesterday’s series of inaugurationS of government projects led by Chief Minister Shri N Biren. These three ministers left Jiribam for Imphal by road today. (DIPR)


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