Railway construction work crippled in Manipur since Nov 12

IMPHAL, 21-Nov: The on-going railway construction works in the State has been crippled due to the ban on national projects by the All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) since November 12.

This came to light when a team of media persons visited the railway construction sites in Tamenglong district on Tuesday.

The ATSUM had imposed a ban on national projects since November 11 midnight demanding the improvement of the educational atmosphere in the hill districts by recruiting adequate teaching and non-teaching staff and building infrastructure for schools, besides providing proper health care centres in the hill areas.

Around 10 private companies were engaged in the 98-km broad gauge railway line construction between Jiribam and Tupul in Manipur. According to Hyderabad-based Sushi Infra Private Limited project manager Sisikiran, the construction work has been stopped since the imposition of the ban.

He said, 19 tunnels out of the 34 awarded to his company, have been completed. A representative of Nayak Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Kasudev said that all machinery are lying idle due to the ban.

Meanwhile, the 48-hour bandh called by the United Naga Council (UNC) on all the highways passing through Naga areas has hit the vehicular movement on the two National Highways connecting the State with the rest of the country today.

The bandh, which began on Tuesday midnight was called to denounce the government’s failure to hold the seventh round of tripartite talks involving UNC, State and Central Government. The last round of talks on an alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur outside the State Government was held in New Delhi on August 30.