Connectivity is a serious concern for all who desires to see their state ahead of others. But one thing that stands true is that in the field of road connectivity Manipur is some 100 years behind when compare with other big states in India. As it remains a fact that road connectivity in our state will take more time we need to explore to an alternative connectivity means to compete with the world today
Neighbouring Assam is far ahead when it comes to Road infrastructure. There is no doubt in saying that connectivity is all that is required to develop a state. The more the connectivity is improved the more the development will come. Unfit road connectivity, inability to make road connectivity with all villages of the state due to certain factors including topographical and geographical states have now become a real hurdle for state like Manipur.
Almost all people know, any government, whichever comes to power, irrespective political parties knows the difficulties and reality of constructing road connectivity for all villages in the state like Manipur, leaving aside the commitments and sincerity .With the kind of debate and discussion heard among the legislators during the ongoing state assembly session. The way the legislatures debated showed that it will take some few years to make sure that the state have proper road infrastructure at present. Even the ongoing construction or repairing work at both National Highways will take some more months or perhaps years due to nature’s obstruction.
During question hour in the ongoing Assembly session yesterday Revenue Minister K. Shyam assured to operate Sahamphung Sub Divisional Office from the office building of Mini Secretariat Ukhrul district Head Quarter.
But what is surprising is the thinking mentality of the govt. authority who felt that sending staff is all enough for opening of a sub divisional office. Besides office infrastructure one important reason for the MLA Alfred to urge the Minister for making the SDO office from Mini Secretariat Ukhrul is also because of the unfit road infrastructure.
Well and good but what is disappointing is that our present day legislatures seems to have completely forgotten is that - the world is changing and it is not changing because of not only the better road connectivity but because of the advancement of connectivity through technology.
One advantage of newly develop technology to connect people is that it is more like sitting together on the same bench no matter how far the distance they stayed. When it remain as a fact that connectivity matters for running of the administration so at least the government should now consider for improvement of better connectivity using all the high tech technology. For example the sub divisional HQ if provided internet connectivity so that the officials can keep in touch with dist. HQ authority for 24 hour, than there is no need for them to travel.
It is now time that the govt. decides working by using connectivity through technology in addition to the development of road connectivity.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.