Manipur Chief Secretary O Nabakishor today launched a week long cleanliness drive in Imphal areas with the theme “Clean Manipur, Green Manipur” as part of the ensuing Manipur Sangai festival 2015. Organised by the Department of tourism, Government of Manipur in association with Imphal Municipality Council (IMC), the week long cleanliness drive will go on from November 9 to 16.
Chief Secretary O Nabakishor launched the cleanliness drive this morning at about 7:30 at Keishampat Junction. Dr RK Nimai (Retd IAS), Consultant to Manipur Government, Nidhi Triparthi, Secretary (Tourism), Government of Manipur, Shyamlal Poonia, Director (Tourism), Rachel N Guite, Dy Director , Robert Kshetrimayum, Secretary MAHUD, Ng Uttam Singh, Executive officer Imphal Municipal Council, Dr N Dhaballi, president Manipur Tourism Forum, Dr Kh Palin and Thamabaljao Phaomei, former IMC Chairperson also attended during the launching of week long cleanliness drive.
Chief Secretary O Nabakishor while launching the cleanliness drive lauded the joint initiative of Tourism Department and Imphal Municipal Council to make a clean and green Imphal city as part of the Manipur Sangai festival slated to be held from November 21 to 30 with pomp and gaiety. Lamenting that most of the people in the state have no civic sense and proper habit of throwing litters, Chief secretary said that people are throwing litters anywhere without following the guidelines of the Municipal by-laws. Improper throwing of litters has maligned the image of the Imphal city. “Blessed with many picturesque locations, Manipur has great potential for tourism.
If we properly tap the potential of tourism, the economy of the state could be promoted. Many people from outside including foreigners are visiting the state to witness the tourist spots. Imphal city is the face of the state. As such, we need to keep the face of the state neat and clean”, maintained the state’s top bureaucrat officer. Stating that the incomplete private buildings from Keishampat to Airport road has also maligned the image of Imphal city, Nabakishore appealed to the owners to complete construction of their buildings at the earliest. The week long cleanliness drive will cover Keishampat junction to Airport, Maharani bridge to Tera Bazar, Wahengbam Leikai Traffic point to Keishampat junction, Ima Keithel and Khwairamband Market and Minuthong to palace compound