Manipur Govt inks agreement with COPPK on Mt Koubru
By Halley Nongmaithem | IMPHAL:
The Government of Manipur and the Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mt Koubru (COPPK) signed an agreement over the controversial Mount Koubru issue on Tuesday.
The State Government, represented by Water Resources, Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Letpao Haokip, and Forest and Environment Minister Awangbou Newmai, held a meeting with the representatives of COPPK and deliberated to resolve the Mt. Koubru impasse and agreed on four points.
They agreed that there would be no restriction for pilgrims or worshippers to Mt. Koubru and that the present status of Mount Koubru would be preserved and protected.
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It was agreed that COPPK and the State Government would take up measures to eradicate poppy cultivation in the area.
Besides this, the agreement would ensure the protection and preservation of the ecosystem and biodiversity of the Koubru Range.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, while stating that he respected the sentiments behind the call by some organisations to nominate one person from each household to join the pilgrimage to Mt Koubru on Wednesday, urged the people to refrain from taking part in large gatherings given the COVID-19 situation.
“The entry to Koubru is not restricted to worshippers as said by some organisations, and the state government is taking up all necessary legal procedures,” Singh said.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)
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