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Lamphelpat to be converted water body; fate of pony grazing field, and other government infrastructures uncertain

 Source: IT News

Imphal, December 19 2017: Amidst hectic effort to fill the wetland portion of Lamphelpat by the authority of the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association after a site at Lamphelpat has been granted for grazing of the Pony, state cabinet yesterday approved to convert 442.24 acres of land at Lamphelpat to convert it into water body.

A state cabinet meeting held yesterday has approved to begin the work within one week.

The cabinet decision to convert the Lamphelpat area is an appreciative steps, but one wander why the site has been used as dumping site for quite a long time beside allotting various other portion for construction of government infrastructures including the NIT.

Most of the land occupied and around Lamphelpat were government land but now when one checked with the settlement authority almost all occupants now have patta of their land.

The cabinet decision taken yesterday discussed on the allotment of land for development of the water body at Lamphelpat for conservation of water to prevent recurrence of frequent flood in and around Lamphel areas.

A government source said that the state cabinet decided to complete the process of land allotment of the 244.24 acres of land which is currently available for the development of the water body within one week.

Mentioned may be made that of the total area, a portion of land measuring an area of 91.24 acres of Land has been already to Water Resources Department for the purpose and 351 acres of land presently occupied by three Government Departments would be transferred to the Water Resources Department.

"Now the problem of the people of the area due to the dumping of garbage in the area will be somehow stopped with the state cabinet decision, and that is what we have been demanding", Robindro a local of the area said.

However, he expressed apprehension about government intention to the acquiring of land.

On the other hand the State Cabinet also approved the payment of Rs.32,42,300 as compensation to 10 victims for properties damaged during the violent incidents at Nungei area which occurred on 11th April, 2016 .

The Cabinet also agreed for the creation of two temporary supernumerary post of OSD (Forest and Environment), Government of Manipur at PCCF (Apex) Scale and one post of OSD (GAD) at APCCF Scale as Ex-Cadre post for Indian Forest Service (IFS) under the Indian Forest Service (Cadre) Regulations, 1966.The Cabinet also gave approval for the creation of four temporary posts of Additional Director General of Police in the Manipur Police Department in the IPS Above Super Time Scale of HAG plus in level of the Pay Matrix for giving promotion of 1986 and 1987 batch of IPS Officers.

The Cabinet meeting gave its nod to complete the DPC proceedings for Direct Recruitment of 20 vacant posts of Primary Teachers in respect of Meritorious Sportspersons under Department of Education (Schools), Government of Manipur.

The Cabinet also agreed the proposal for modification/change of the present Warrant of Precedence in the State of Manipur.