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Smart city needs smart people

A couple of days back Chief town planner Mr. Gitchandra was talking about the concept of Smart city in a local TV Channel. Amongst the many things discussed – one particular idea, that we understand about Smart City is making the people smart to improve their standard of living.
For making the people smart it is indeed essential, a prerequisite rather, to provide 24*7 power supplies to all the people throughout the state- a common knowledge for all the people of the state that without regular and proper electric power supply people living on small business and entrepreneurship cannot march ahead, no less the grand plans, schemes and ideas being presented by the government for the welfare and benefit of the people. In this age of computer technology where the world has become a global village, without proper electricity people will be left isolated from the rest of the world as internet and mobile technology is entirely dependent on electric power supply.
Around 2013, when Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh felt the need for providing of 24*7 power supplies in the state, he blamed the people for not clearing their overdue bills, and finding a way to collect revenue from the power consumers was not an easy task for him as it would also affect his party’s, as well as his personal political venture.
Thanks to whomever bureaucrats who advised him to convert the failed state power department into a corporation, his commitment to provide 24*7 power supply to the people of the state is slowly yet steadily inching towards realization.
At least for those living in Imphal, people are having no problems with power supply. They have been made avail of round-the-clock power supply almost daily with negligible power cuts as long as they keep charging the balance of their prepaid meters.

Having said so, it is still a big concern for all the people on whether the regular power supply being provided in Imphal area is being utilized properly or not. Reports about defaulters being fined for illegal or unauthorised connections, power thefts and tempering with the electric line either by bypassing or tapping the meter continue to appear in the media on a daily basis. This clearly shows the uncouth and depraved mentality of our own people. Some among the people who really do not understand about the benefit of getting regular power supply are indeed trying to sabotage the state government’s efforts to make people smart so that they can meet the growing challenges posed by the invading technologies for improving the quality of life.
The urgent need of the moment is to utilize local volunteers to spread awareness and understanding of what the authority has been incessantly pursuing to make available nonstop power supply to all the people. For that, elected representatives- MLAs, Gram Panchayat members, Pradhans and even the local club officials and members of every locality or community need to sensitize the people.
It is common knowledge that the electricity that we are using is being bought by the Manipur State Power department (MSPDCL) and is being distributed to the consumer of the state at subsidized rate. For Imphal area the MSPDCL reportedly spend over rupees 10 crores in buying electricity but is successful in collecting only half of the amount.
A humble suggestion for those government authority entrusted with making Imphal a smart city: it should start mobilizing the public towards the need for authentic and authorized electricity connection to all the people living in Imphal to begin with.

How Smart Will Imphal Smart City Be?

In this era of science and technology, we have reached the moon, we are planning to live on the Mars and everyone has a desire to develop. Then the big question is, “how can we make it possible”? We need a vision, which must identify the potential risks and bottlenecks and their possible solutions in order to mobilize efforts in a focused manner. It is neither a prediction of what will actually occur, nor simply wish-lists of desirable but unattainable ends. It is a testimonial of what we believe is possible for Manipur to achieve, by fully mobilizing all the available resources like – human, technological and natural resources. Our effective strategies should focus on fully utilizing the man, material, technological and natural resources that we possesses—in the most rapid, efficient, organize and sustainable manner.
Every Nation or State, therefore, needs a vision, which should stir the imaginations and motivates its people to greater efforts. The denizens of Manipur should also share visions of prosperous Manipur, visions of winners, visions of leaders. Here, a vision is not just a public speech, conference proceeding, project report or a plan target—it is an articulation of the desired end results in broader terms.
Clearly, Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) has been experiencing the growth, parallel to some other cities of India. The contributions of Manipur to the World and India are already written in the golden book, because of which, today, we are known to many as, “Power House of Sports”, “Land of Polo”, “Land of Dancing Deer”, “Land of Siroi Lily”, “Land of Juko Lily”, “Land of Loktak Lake”, “Land of Women Markets” etc. These will clearly provoke our thoughts that, “How smart will Imphal Smart City (ISC) be?”
To answer the above question, we need to have focused objectives, such as: To identifies and apply appropriate technological advancement and conservation principles for the betterment of the ISC urban infrastructures and food security by protecting the natural environment. To pioneer in developing a new ISC, rather than to copy or follow others. To commit in disseminating indigenous knowledge and cultures at local, national and international levels. To show-case our indigenous products all over the world through entrepreneurships. To target better economic performances of the ISC. The ISC should also have the goals for food security, sustainable livelihoods, poverty alleviation, quality educations and jobs creations by mitigating the negative impacts on various factors and by sustainably utilizing the available resources.
Nonetheless, ISC will have many challenges to meet. Some of them are: Competition—no doubt Imphal City is supplemented by picturesque surroundings, still it has many growing challenges from various factors such as inter cities competitions, migrations and immigrations, environmental degradations, wastes problems, lack of proper infrastructures, pollutions, energy inefficiency etc. Health—lack of preventive, curative or palliative pharmaceutical or medical facilities to treat pandemic diseases. Urban Economy—lack of participation in building a strong financial capital of the State. Urban Safety— no Zero Accident City. Food Security—no proper facilities for processing and preservation of food grains, vegetables and fruits. Environment—no proper sustainable environmental conservations and tackling the major issues in a holistic approach. To meet the above challenges, ISC needs to plan itself. The plans should be systematically identified and evaluated by competent authorities of IMC, so that it can be implemented by giving utmost importance.
All over the world, urban and peri-urban agriculture is contributing to employment opportunities and income generations of households, operating as individuals and organized as micro and small enterprise operators, cooperatives and investors. It has also become an area of investment opportunity. Producers are able to satisfy their food need and supply the market with agricultural products mainly grains, crops, vegetables, poultry, milk, livestock, fruits, honey, tree crops etc.
In this scenario, the utilizations of wastewater and biodegradable solid wastes have high potential for reuse in agriculture; an opportunity for increasing food and environmental security, avoiding direct pollution of rivers, canals and surface water, conserving water and nutrients, conserving lands and landscapes. Thereby, reducing the need for chemical fertilizer and disposing of municipal solid wastes and wastewater in a low-cost sanitary way. The WHO’s international guidelines on wastewater reuse in agriculture and aqua-culture and recommendations of wastewater treatments are considered by many governments as the legal framework. Roughly, 10% of the world’s urban wastewater is currently being used for irrigation. However, industrial wastes, such as heavy metals, acids and derivatives of plastics, and organic and inorganic components of human wastes—pose serious health and environmental threats. Prolong contacts of solid wastes and wastewater poses numbers of health and environmental risks for users and communities.

Therefore, the preparations for growth and growth plan for ISC should be, to develop capabilities to meet the challenging demand for urban populations, industries and environment. Diversification of ISC into the emerging areas, in line with the changing trends of the World and the advancement of the infrastructures and technologies is required. There should be focus on the expansion of ISC activities with increase in workforces and infrastructures. IMC should also tap the potential Human Resources. Incorporate the improvements of the human life styles, health, environment, and mitigation of the urban poor. All these can be achieved through; improvement of work cultures, infrastructures, technologies, quality educations and health facilities.
Finally, realizing the ISC goals should not be an end in itself, but rather an essential condition for allowing the spirit of Manipur to emerge and flourish. The fresh minds and young Manipuri’s have immense potentials and ideas within them—that we just need a push. It is a joint responsibility of all of us present today in Manipur, and also for the future generations who will lead tomorrow, to continue the pace of developments by leaps and bounds to fulfill the visions of our Imphal Smart City. 

 

Khwairakpam Gajananda (PhD),
Associate Professor,
Center for Environmental Sciences,
CNS, Addis Ababa University,
P.O. Box. 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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Works Minister Kh. Ratankumar wishes to live till 2100 as he wishes to see the advancement of technology

Works Minister Kh. Ratankumar today expressed his wish to survive upto the year 2100 if god grants his wish as he is eager to see the changing world with full of scientific technology to comfort human life. Speaking at the inaugural function of the International conference on the Emerging Trends in Science and Engineering research here at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Manipur, Langol , Ratan, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest said that the kind of transformation in technology taking place across the globe would make the world a wonderful place for human being.
The inaugural function of the International Conference is being attended by scientists and professors from various universities across the country including few from USA. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh who was supposed to attend the function as Chief guest was replaced by Works Minister Kh Ratankumar, as he is occupied in an emergency government related works. Education Minister M Okendro and Dr.Sarungbam Birendra Singh, Director NIT and Prof. V. Sree Hari Rao, University of Florida shares the dais as dignitaries of the inaugural function.
Earlier, Prof. V. Sree Hari Rao, University of Florida, who is being invited by the NIT  stressed on the emerging trends of science and technology across the globe.
“The past is our pride, present is our challenges and the future is ours’ to build”, said Prof Rao referring to how our ancestor had developed science and the hope that science has provided to make human life better in the future. He said nature is always a guiding force for scientists.
Elaborating on how science discovers and technology follows to make a change, the professor from the University of Florida, USA however stated that technology ahead of science is a disaster.
“Science is finding a way to build gadget to solve human crisis”, Prof. Rao added. Talking about the future of science and the technology, Prof. Rao said that many advancement is taking place and by 2100 human civilization may witness the most comfortable form of live. He stressed on the future power as neo atomic power.
The professor however is a bit critical about the globalization and liberalization as it is wiping out the domestic industries.
When this reporter personally enquired whether what he meant is another form of colonial expansion by developed countries towards the underdeveloped and developing country by making these countries with their technology products, Professor V. Sree Hari Rao indirectly hinted that nations like India is now spending money to procure products from developed countries as they are more advanced instead of home made products.
Education Minister M Okendro, who also attended today’s inaugural function while appreciating the NIT for taking the initiative to organize such a international conference, stated that scholars from outside the state as well as from abroad are sometimes reluctant to visit the state due to the law and order problems in the state. He said the state welcomes scholars who will enhance wisdom to the people of the state from outside the state as well as from abroad.
NIT Manipur is among the 10 new institutions established in the country in the second phase. At present there are 30 NIT across the country, said Dr. Sarungbam Birendra Singh, Director NIT.

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JCILPS warming up for another agitation; set deadlines on Dec 15

Convenor-in-charge of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) Khomdram Ratan strongly condemned Manipur Government over its failure to implement the point of agreements signed between JCILPS and Manipur Government on August 25 this year. He warned another form of agitations from December 16 if the Government fails to implement the agreements on or before December 15.
Interacting media persons at JCILPS office at Keishampat, Ratan said that even after 100 days the agreement signed with the Government have not been implemented and no initiative is seen taken up for that. He also expressed dissatisfaction over government silence over the 3 ILPS related Bills passed by the State Legislative Assembly. The points of agreement includes - constituting a Manipur State Population Commission which will assess the problems and issues of demographic imbalance and other related matters so as to take up measures towards social harmony and peaceful development. In the point it was also agreed to bring out a white paper on population influx by the State Government. Another point agreed is to constitute a Manipur State Land Reforms Commission which will undertake a review of the situation arising out of complexities related to land, resources and populations dynamics and advice the Government on effective measures on land use policies and help ameliorate inter-community tensions and enhance the respect for democracy and diversity in the state.

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JD(U) appeals for free and fair election

President of the state JD(U), N Tombi today lambasted the present system of electing representatives for state legislative assembly or the local bodies at Hill area of the state. Speaking to a group of media at JD(U) Manipur State office, the party president said that any form of elections conducted at Hill area are never free and fair as some people shattered the voting rights of the common villagers using muscle and money power. N Tombi further said that the trend is same her at Valley area too. He appealed the ECI to check the electoral process so that the present democratic system of the country can be kept alive. On the other hand N Tombi said that the party will go along with the congress party in the upcoming local body elections. He said seat sharing among the alliance congress partner is being consulting at the highest party level. The decision is being taken up as the party is in alliance at Bihar election.

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Ban lifted on appointment of nurses at RIMS

The ban imposed by proscribed group KCP (Poirei Meitei Lup) on the appointment of 116 nurses by RIMS has been lifted. A release to the effect was made available to the press today. The statement further lauded the sincere and earnest efforts of Y. Rajendra MS, Deputy Director (Adm.), Dr. M Amuba and Dr. S Rita (Director, RIMS) in steering the prestigious and invaluable hospital towards the path to progress and development. The release also states that the ban imposed by the party on Rame, a contractor of Manipur University has also been lifted.

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Manipuri boy went missing from running train

A 23 years old Manipuri boy reportedly went missing on November 29 from a running train. The missing person has been identified as L Poumai, aged 23 years from Manipur. According to family members, L Poumai was last heard speaking to his family over the phone on Sunday (November 29) at around 4:55 pm evening near Vishakhapatnam. At the time he was travelling at Dibrugarh-Bangalore Express train no. 15902. He went missing from a running train between Andhra Pradesh and Bangalore.

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Minor girl raped; found unconscious

A minor girl was found lying unconsciously at a paddy field near her residence at a paddy field at Kwakta area under Moirang Police Station at around midnight yesterday. The minor girl (name withheld) was suspected to have been left after being rape by miscreants. She is about 12 years old.
According to report the minor girl was found missing since 8 pm yesterday evening and her family members along with the locals went in search of her at around 11 pm. Later, at around midnight she was found lying in unconscious state at a paddy field near her residence. The report added that a suspect has been arrested by Moirang police today morning. The suspect is identified as Md Ibungo (age about 20 years)  son of Ibocha of Tonglaobi Nagar Panchayat ward no 1. 

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Jiribam-Tupul BG Project faces hurdles due to bandhs, bad road

Rabi Takhellambam The Construction work of the 84 km Jiribam –Tupul Broad gauge railway Project has faced lots of hurdles in the past one year due to a host of reasons. More than 30 militant groups are active in the Broad Gauge Project area, while economic blockades and bandhs are common in Manipur. The NH-37 which connects Imphal with Silchar is in bad shape and it has affected the transportation of materials and machinery. Source in the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said that work is in progress in 60 Locations, 25 rocket boomers, 10 hydraulic rotary ring, 20 Concrete pumps, 25 batching plants, 30 dozers and 28 vibro-compactors are being used to complete the project within the stipulated date. Around 5000 workers have been engaged in the project, the anticipated cost of which is Rs.4,599 crores and the permissible speed along the route will be 100 kmph. Source said that 66 percent of the total works of the 84km long Jiribam-Tupul railway project was completed by August last year and it has made more progress by the end of October this year. With a view to provide greater connectivity to the hilly terrain of Manipur by an alternative and reliable transportation system and to bring about accelerated economic development and inclusive growth, the former Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of the 111km long Jiribam-Tupul- Imphal railway project in 2004. The planned railway line from Jiribam to Imphal will link the capital with the rest of India through Silchar, Haflong, Lamding and Guwahati in Assam. Bridge No.164 with a pier height of 141 metre will be the world’s highest girder bridge. Highest existing currently, the Mala Rijeka Viaduct in Montenegro, is 139 metre high. According to the NFR, 2212 metres of the 4409 metre tunnel number-12 and 172 metres of the 4900 metre tunnel number-3 have been completed. There are a total of 34 numbers of tunnels, two major bridges and 112 minor bridges along Jiribam-Tupul rout. There are four tall bridges heights of which are respectively 70 metre, 98 metre, 120 metre and 141 metre. The railways hope to connect all the eight states in india’s Northeast by 2020. As per the plans of the NFR ,the broad-gauge train will reach Tupul in Manipur by March-2017, Aizawl by March-2018, Imphal by March-2019 and Shillong and Rangpo (near Gangtok) in Sikkim by March-2020.

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The Nehruvian encourages Muslim youths of Sora village

All Sora Students’ Organisation organised a Career Counselling Programme at Sora in Thoubal District on Nov. 29. Founder of The Nehruvian Ningombam Bupenda Meitei speaking on the occasion motivated the Meitei-Pangal (Muslim) youths and students of Sora village of Thoubal district to take an inspiration from the life of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
Speaking at the event as an invited speaker, NingombamBupenda Meitei quoted Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics to follow one’s passion to attain happiness in one’s life. He stressed on the role of education and particularly urged the students to read more and think deeper and use the rights enshrined in the Constitution of India. Sharing the words of Indira Gandhi on following one’s passion, he underlined the uniqueness in every child and that uniqueness needed to be honoured and safeguarded in order to excel in life.
Taking the statistical fact from the recently published Census of India, he opined that the stable population growth rate of Muslims of Manipur showed the rising socio-economic development of Muslims in Manipur but he further stressed the need of its socio-economic development to reach the grassroots for the common Muslim population in Manipur. He urged students to learn English writing and speaking with a special attention. NingombamBupenda Meitei expressed happiness in witnessing the enthusiasm of children and students participating for the event. He congratulated the youths and organisers for their hard work in making Sora village a role model in India.
Later, he distributed prizes and certificates to the meritorious students. He had an interactive session with the youths over a lunch hosted by the organisers.

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