Construction work of Heirok branch canal stopped

IMPHAL, Oct 21: The ongoing plan to construct the Heirok Branch canal as part of the state government’s initiative to boost agricultural production by providing water for year-round irrigation ran into a hurdle with the JAC formed by the Heirok Branch Canal Affected Land Owners resolving to stop all works in view of the failure of the government to respond positively and act on the demands laid down by the JAC.

The unanimous resolution was taken at a public discussion held at the Nongpok Sekmai Community hall organized by the JAC with Kh Maipak- president of the JAC along with members K Ibomcha Singh and Md Nejamuddin jointly presiding the gathering.

A number of speakers opined that the proposed canal from the left canal of the Thoubal Multipurpose Project (Thoubal Barrage) at Leirongthel Ukoo to Heirok will create more destruction to the cultivable fields rather than benefitting from the project as there is no shortage of water for irrigation throughout the year due to the presence of a natural canal along the fields, nor has there been any instances of drought till date, expressing their desire to stop the proposed project from progressing further.

Another resolution that was taken at the gathering was to stick to the earlier demand to increase their rate of compensation from Rs 5 per square feet as determined by the government to Rs 30 as mentioned in the memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister on February 22. The meeting also condemned the deliberate avoidance of the CM to meet and discuss the issue with the JAC on February 27, further stating that the proposed canal will create artificial floods and droughts, while warning any prospective construction agency or company of bearing their own responsibilities for any untoward incidents if the work continues despite the ban imposed by the public. Those who have submitted their documents and are in the process of accepting compensation at the rate fixed by the Government are to accept the consequences by themselves, the resolution further added.

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