Yaithibi Loukon associations invalidate opposition to Sports Univ, express support to construction

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IMPHAL, November 26: Despite much opposition against the construction of the proposed sports university at Yaithibi Loukon witnessed over the last few days, a group of organisations have declared their unstinted support to the construction of the university at the selected site.

Contrary to the claims of the 44-Yaithibi Loukon Affected Land Owners`™ Association, the Yaithibi Khunou Joint Farming Co-operative Society Ltd and Wangjing Tentha Kendra Development Committee have come forward with their support for the government decision to construct the university at Yaithibi Loukon.

The 44-Yaithibi Loukon Affected Land Owners`™ Association has been opposing the proposed construction of the university at Yaithbi Loukon, lodging several agitations including a two-day bandh along the national highway and a mass rally which had turned violent, wherein several police personnel were injured.

Meanwhile, 44-Yaithibi Khunou Joint Farming Co operative Society Ltd called a press conference at the Manipur Press Club supporting the government on the issue.

Speaking to media persons, secretary Elangbam Rajmohon Singh said there is no objection to the construction of the university from the actual pattadars of the said site.

He said the construction of the university at 44-Yaithibi Khunou will not affect Sora village.

The site identified for the university belongs to 44-Yaithibi Khunou, and the area is under the jurisdiction of SDC, Khongjom, Thoubal Block and Tekcham Gram Panchayat area of Wangjing Tentha constituency, he claimed.

Sora village has no rights over the said site, except for a few villagers who had encroached upon parts of the Khasland in the area and are now claiming their stake, he asserted.

The leaders of the recent agitation against the university construction at the site are under the influence of some politicians who are out to gain political mileage out of the issue, he continued.

In fact, the original land owners or the pattadars of 44-Yaithibi Loukon have not joined the agitation, he said.

The genuine pattadars have already submitted the necessary documents related to the affected area to the concern authority of the Thoubal DC, he said.

He further thanked the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for considering Manipur as a sports power house and granting the construction of the sports university in the State.

He declared that the Yaithibi Khunou Joint Farming Co-operative Society Ltd and Wangjing Tentha Kendra Development Committee will extend full support to the construction of Sports University at the 44 Yaithibi Paddy Field and request all concern to initiate construction immediately.

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