Behiang village can serve second corridor to South East Asian nations, says Manipur CM
Imphal, June 24 (EMN): Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday said that Behiang village can serve the second corridor to South East Asian nations next to Moreh in the light of Government of India’s Act East Policy.
Addressing the inaugural programme of a police station at Behiang, the chief minister said the location of the village is strategically important as it can be developed into trade centre like Moreh and enhance trade activities with neighbouring Myanmar.
Behiang village is located along interior India-Myanmar border in Churachandpur district, about 160 km south of Imphal.
Stating that natural calamity prone states like Manipur need alternative connecting routes, he said Imphal-Behiang road (Tiddim road) must be developed as the second route which connects the state with South East Asian countries.
To personnel and officers of the station, he urged them to check entry of illegal migrants and drug trafficking activities. He also directed them to attend to grievances of the villagers by holding ‘people’s day’ every month.
He also mentioned that Churachandpur-Singhat section of Churachandpur-Behiang road is already a National Highway.
Informing that he had requested the Centre to upgrade the remaining section from Singhat to Behiang to a National Highway as well, he expressed hope that the said stretch would become a National Highway soon.
He further disclosed that the state government had submitted INR 100 crore proposal to the Centre for construction of ring road along India-Myanmar border from the last village bordering Mizoram to the last point bordering Nagaland in Ukhrul district.
Hundreds of villagers clad in traditional attires of the community settling along the border welcomed the chief minister and officials.
Meanwhile, the chief minister also launched a Smart Hospital Management System/Technology for Behiang PHC during the inauguration programme.
Later, he led a group of ministers and officials in planting saplings inside the police station complex.
They also inspected the building and barracks of the police station which currently has 50 personnel.