DoNER minister inaugurates Inter-state Truck Terminus in Manipur
Imphal, May 3 (EMN): Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) G Kishan Reddy, who is on a two-day visit to Manipur, inaugurated the Inter-state Truck Terminus at Sekmai from National Sports University Complex, Khuman Lampak on May 2.
Speaking during the occasion, the visitng central minister further congratulated the Manipur government, North East Council for organising the North East Regional Sports Week from April 28 to May 2.
He urged all parents to let their children play any sport, as sports and games bring discipline and boost confidence in children. Recognising the sporting prowess of the region, the Union Minister also said that the eight states of the NE region have brought medals in various sports disciplines including boxing, badminton, football, archery, etc. He said in the sporting world, the youth of the region have shown immense talents and brought many laurels for the country. Manipur is today setting an example in the country, he said, adding that Manipur has till date produced several Olympians, medal winners.
“We all know that the game of Polo known as Sagol Kangjei in Manipur was born in Manipur and that it is today played across the country,” he continued.
The Union Minister also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that Manipur is a sports powerhouse in the country and that it will become an international sports hub.
Further, stating that the Prime Minister had decided on the setting up of the first National Sports University in Manipur, he continued that ‘we are moving forward with the target to ensure that the sports university is completed within two years.’
This sports university will take a big responsibility in ensuring Olympic medals for the country and further bring name for the state and the country, he said adding that the university will take Manipur’s message across the world. He further sought support and cooperation from all in the construction of the university and afterwards. He said the PM has worked with much dedication for the welfare and development of the NE region.
The visiting Union Minister and other officials also interacted with the students of the National Sports University and inspected the facilities of the university at its temporary campus.
It may be mentioned that the Inter State Truck Terminus was completed during 2021-22 and is the first and only truck terminus in the state. It is located 2.5 Km from NH-2 on Khurkhul Awang Sekmai Road with a campus area of 18.34 acres and was constructed under NEC funding to provide a formal transit point for the inbound and outbound trucks and goodscarrier for the state.