Imphal, 16 July-2014, IBOYAIMA LAITHANGBAM/TH: Citizens of Tamenglong, a backward hill district in Manipur, could not watch FIFA world football cup matches. Reason: no power supply. For the sports loving people of Manipur there cannot be a more cruel punishment than this.
Protests from the people and three MLAs from the district were of no avail . Sports enthusiasts from the district had to collect information like scores, names of the scorers later from friends elsewhere in the state over the mobile phones. The non governmental organisations in the district submitted an ultimatum to the chief secretary to supply power to the district within seven days. But the chief secretary did not even acknowledge it.
The NGOs have banned all kinds of works in the national projects within the district with effect from Tuesday midnight for an indefinite period.. The most affected will be the improvement of highway 37 and tunneling works of the Jirighat-Tupul rail project.
A joint statement issued by the NGOs said that Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has been telling the people that his government would ensure that consumers get uninterrupted power between 10 to 12
hours a day. This may be true for some parts of the state. They said that the high sounding slogan that hill and valley are one should be translated in letter and spirit.
They also recalled that some years back the Chief Minister had inaugurated a 132 KV power sub station at Rengpang in the district. But the people of the district have been groping in the dark. The ban on the national project works shall continue till the people get power supply. The government should be held squarely responsible for all untoward incidents, the statement said.