Newmai News Network
Imphal | June 5
Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh has said that his government will launch a campaign known as ‘Green Manipur, Clean Manipur’ with a solemn objective to protect environment and combat climate change soon. A cabinet decision in this regard would be taken at the earliest, he added.
Singh was speaking as the chief guest at the State level World Environment Day observation organised under the theme ‘Air Pollution’ by Directorate of Environment at the auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Compound, Imphal East on Wednesday.
Under the campaign, the Chief Minister said, the State Government would encourage every village of the State to protect or develop forest land each having an area of at least 5 to 10 acres.
“The Government would install open gym worth around Rs. 5 lakh each at these greenery areas so that people may do physical exercise or take rest there. Urban and semi urban localities, which do not have such land for forest development, would be encouraged to plant trees at their Umang Lai (Sylvan Deity) complexes,” Singh added.
The Chief Minister then said that the State Government would also put in effort to enact a law in consultation with Hill Areas Committee (HAC) to check unnecessary and frequent shifting of habitation or village in the hill areas. Stating that the World Environment Day observation would continue for a week in the State this year, the Chief Minister said that planting of saplings and imparting awareness on environment would go on during this week at all the educational institutions and Government office complexes.
He further recalled that when he was the Minister of Forest and Environment in 2004, the then State Government launched ‘Green Imphal, Clean Imphal’ campaign. As part of the campaign, the CM said he led the State Government’s effort to start cleansing of Nambul River at polluted areas of Imphal apart from beginning plantation of saplings on road sides and medians.