Rs 7 crore water body coming up at Lamphel area: IFCD Minister

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IMPHAL, August 27 (NNN): The Manipur Government is set to develop a water body in Lamphel area in Imphal West at the cost of about Rs 7 crore to make the area free from frequent flooding by rainwater.

This was informed by the Irrigation and Flood Control (IFCD) Minister Ngamthang Haokip to a media team during a visit to Lamphelpat on Tuesday where he made an assessment on Government quarters and residences in the area now inundated by water, caused by incessant heavy showers.

The Minister was accompanied by Hill Areas Committee vice chairman and  Tamei constituency MLA Z Kikhonbou Newmai and top officials of IFCD Department during the visit.

He said that Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed water body to be developed in the Lamphel area on a land measuring 250 acre has been finished.

The project report would be sent to the Ministry of Water Resources through the Central Water Commission, the Minister said adding that he was expecting its approval soon. He said the state Government’s plan is to start taking up the project during the current financial year 2013-14 and set a target to complete it between 2016 and 2017. Ngamthang said the proposed water body will improve drainage system in the area to a great extent and solve the problem of frequent flooding and sudden rush of water.

It would also supply adequate drinking water to Imphal city, he added.

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