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Manipur: Expansion of Asian Highway, Chiefs Group threaten shutdown in Kangpokpi

IMPHAL: Several organisations in Manipur recently served a five-day ultimatum to the state government over the issue concerning the expansion of Asian Highway and threatened to impose a 48-hour total shutdown in Kangpokpi district if the state government failed to respond within the stipulated time.

In a press conference held at Saparmeina, SAHILCA speaker Lunthang Haokip said that a joint meeting of SAHILCA, KDCJCCLM, and AHLAVCCA deliberated over the state government’s attitude concerning the Asian Highway expansion from Gamgiphai to Kalapahar and considered it as a step-motherly treatment upon the affected victims.

He said that the people of Kangpokpi are delighted to see the works being carried out for development in the district, but the state government so far did not initiate an appreciable measure for the expansion of the Asian Highway by resolving the surrounding issues.

“We already had more than five meetings and discussed the various issues with the government representatives but no concrete solution has been brought in by the Government till date. Rather, it is following a delaying policy while ignoring the sentiment of the people,” he said.

“We have repeatedly urged the state government to give compensation accordingly and start the highway expansion at the earliest but nothing has been initiated till today,” he added.

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