Imphal, March 17
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that the Union Defence Minister had given nod to vacate the Koirengei airfield that is being occupied by the Territorial Army and paramilitary troopers in the interest of the people of the area.
“I have requested the Hon’ble Union Defence Minister and he has ordered to have a meeting with the state officials and they have deliberated for shifting of the military camp from the Old airfield at Koirengei with authorities of the military”. N. Biren Singh said to reporters while inspecting the present condition of Old Airfield located at Koirengei in Imphal East District today.
The Chief Minister said that people have been demanding for quite a long time to shift the military camps currently there at the Airfield as residential areas of Luwangshangbam, Khabam, Koirengei, Achanbigei etc. are located within the proximity to these camps.
“Discussions are still going on, and the State Government is ready to provide adequate and suitable land for early shifting of these camps”, the Chief Minister said.
Biren said that the purpose of his visit was to understand the current condition of the Airfield and adjoining areas. As he has now seen it, the Chief Minister said, he would again approach the Centre soon to shift the military camps.