IMPHAL, January 9: The observation of the 180th death anniversary of Maharaja Gambhir Singh was today held at his Samadhi at Langthabal, Canchipur, organized by the State Archaeology, department of Arts and Culture, and Kangla Fort Board, Imphal.
State Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh attended as the chief guest, I Hemochandra Singh, minister of PHED, Labour and Employment as the president, Kh Ratankumar, minister of Works and Transport, K Shyam MLA Langthabal, RK Anand MLA Naoria Pakhanglakpa, P Brojen Singh MLA Wangjing Tentha, Alexander Pao MLA Karong as the guests of honour.
During the function, the CM mentioned that the mausoleum of Maharaja Gambhir Singh which is located at Langthabal near Manipur University will be developed as a tourist spot in an attempt to attract both foreign and domestic tourists.
He further said that the ministry of surface transport, government of India has sanctioned funds for development of the Leishang Hiden as a tourist spot.
CM Ibobi further added that the government is committed to broaden the Imphal- Moreh road of stretch under the Look East Policy.
The CM also made an appeal to the people of Manipur to extend cooperation in the endeavour.
K Shyam Singh said that Langthabal is the birth place of several famous personalities of Manipur and he is planning for a film city in the area and the Detailed Project Report (DPR) will been sent to the union government soon.
Langthabal has several tourist spots, he said and further made an appeal to the government that it is not good to house army in educational areas.
He further asserted that Langthabal kendra will soon become the best tourist place of the state.
PHED minister I Hemochandra said that Langthabal area is the place where several kings of Manipur used to stay and is a famous place in the history.