IMPHAL, August 2, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the flood situation in north-eastern states at a series of high-level meetings held at Guwahati on Tuesday.
Prime Minister held detailed review meetings on the situation in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. Chief Ministers of the respective states, and senior officials were also present at the meetings.
During the meeting, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh urged the Prime Minister to figure out a permanent solution to the frequent floods in the state.
Mentioning that Ithai barrage has become the main cause of frequent flood in the State, N. Biren Singh drew the attention of the Prime Minister to review the Loktak project and Ithai barrage.
He highlighted that the Loktak project was taken up so that the State could get some power supply out of it. He mentioned that at present, the state is having sufficient power resources from other sources.
Stating that Manipur is facing one of the worst man made ecological disasters and the floods have severely affected the socio-economic life of the people, the CM asserted that the Ithai barrage should be removed so that natural course of water could be maintained.
During the meet, Singh also expressed his desire for dredging the river beds of all the rivers in the State and to conduct eviction drives against the encroachment on the banks of the rivers.
Manipur Chief Secretary R. R. Rashmi, Secretary to Chief Minister M. Ashokkumar, Principal Secretary M.H. Khan also attended the meeting.