TODAY -

Is the people of Manipur happy?

Mr.SS2010 *



The answer of this question have to be searched and listen from the people of Manipur. It will be a difficult one to answer simply as 'happy' or 'all right'. Both these words have different meaning - that the first one is satisfaction and second one is so so. Then another question immediately arises 'why not happy?'. Or If happy 'how it is?'.

It has been experienced by the people of Manipur that the prices of all daily need items, essential commodities are so high in comparison with other cities of NE states During the economic blockade period on NH 39 and NH 53 it was beyond imagination. It is well known that Manipur is completely dependent upon Nagaland and Assam .

All essential items and food grains used to come/have to come through these two states. Manipur has no sufficient production of food grains and negligible product of other essential / vegetable items. Even the salt have to come from other states. It is said that Salt (Meitei Thum) was sufficiently available in Manipur in the early period from the salt well in 4/5 locations like Ningel, Sikhong, Nongpok Sekmai etc. During that period population of Manipur must be in thousands only as evident from the History and Census report of 1962 around 2.5 Lacs.

Present population will be around 28/30 Lacs within a period of 50 years. In the early period there were no proper road communication and bullock Carts were the only transportation system in Manipur. And so there were no demands and very simple life style. People used to stay in Kege thao lights and afterward on red colour kerosene which gives very deem light. People used to eat supper before sunset and slept the whole night in the dark.

If we look back and imagine the standard of life of that period, it will be like a fiction drama and become a folk tale for the new generations. So how can we compared with the present lifestyle of democracy with the princely state style and king's constitution where there was no voice of the people.

In the report of the inception of Loktak Project (DPR), the requirement of electricity in Manipur was around 2 to 6 MW before 1965 that also was met from the Diesel Generating Sets . Then the demand increases first in Imphal Area and then the district head quarters and then the whole Manipur. The present requirement as per Manipur Electricity Department is around 200 MW. and availability is around 60/80 MW that is also from Central Pool - PGCIL through Yurembam Sub-Station.

Manipur has no power plant of its own to generate power and no power projects on pipe line to meet the immediate demands. There were some micro Hydel projects running in different parts of Manipur. But presently no Micro or Mini or Small hydro power plants is in operation in Manipur. The construction of Loktak Down Stream and Tipaimuk Multipurpose Projects are not yet started and seems to be in the planning stage for want of environmental clearance from the GOI and specially from the public of Manipur. In Manipur all projects are political projects and it takes many years to complete and commission. If commissioned, there is no power generation due to many reasons.

Construction of 60 MG Loktak Down Stream Project at Thangal and 1500 MG Tipaimuk Multipurposed Project have not yet started though the MOU with NHPC Ltd. has been made during 2009 and with NHPC Ltd/ SJVN Ltd in 2010 with the GOM respectively. It is also not known when the construction will start in these two projects. It is already delayed in getting clearance from different Ministry of GOI due to poor report.

Still there are stakes from some communities, intellectuals, environmentalist, educationlist etc. of Manipur besides the security problem on the plea of disturbing the ecology of the locality and Manipur as a whole. But the power is needed for them also who are against these two projects. If such is seen in the construction of projects, they should come out with suggestions, additions, alterations of the programme/planning before or after the constructions instead of negative attitudes / reactions.

It is already delayed and if further delayed, the construction cost will increased further and will be on the heads of the future generations. If you are not able to give something to the future generation, please remain silent/ do nothing and don't try to give further load to the future generations.

Environment changes has always happened in the past and will be there in the future due to increase in population. The disturbances occurred during construction are always compensated by a forestation programmes and many other works as suggested and approved by the MOEF, Govt. of India. It is a project (Tipaimuk Multipurpose Project) of estimated cost of Rs. 8138.79 crore, including Net Project Value (NPV) to the tune of Rs. 1970.94 crore.

Excluding the NPV amount, the total estimated cost with the inclusion of security (internal and external), NH-53 diversion and flood moderation costs, is Rs. 7112.70 crore. Security cost alone is Rs. 356.18 crore. The Joint Venture Company (JVC) will have to bear the expense on security with the profits of sale of power in the years to come, Projects are for the whole community of Manipur.

It is not for one community and benefits will be for all. Electric power will give same light to all and there will be no difference according to community. You can see the developments in the villages of nearby Loktak project and specially Ningthoukhong. Please compare the present with the pre-project period. Can anybody snatch the opportunities given to the nearby villages by the project?

The communication system, schooling, Marketing, Medical facility, Security, Banking and Post office are developed in the project area for the general public and construction workers, Engineers. There are two system of getting jobs in such projects, one is the direct involvement in the construction for which provision is kept in the report and another one is the indirect involvement like opening of consumer stores, hotels, Contractors, Suppliers, etc.

All the construction workers and Engineers will be transfered out of the projects once the construction is completed and only operational staff will be in the project. There is no permanent settlement system in the JVC. The land is ours and will be ours. The land where all constructions are to be made will be under 99 years lease the same as done at other places of India.

Until and unless we are not morally accepted, there is no chance of construction of projects in near future in Manipur. There are many Hydro power projects constructed in J& K, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Utrakhand, Bhutan, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and many projects are coming up in these states.

May I ask why the environmental disturbances are not there (in those places) or peoples are not happy there. It seems that only in NE states mainly in Assam and Manipur environmental disturbances occurred and people suffered. Sorry to say it is too much. In the neighboring country, China, very near to the Indian Border, they are constructing one 24,000 MW Hydro Power Project in one location in phases.

There are many experience Engineers, Contractors, Intellectuals, Scholars, Educationist, Economicians and politicians in Manipur. If you see such a environmental dis-balance in the construction of these two projects please sit together and discuss all the problems to decide what is to be done and what is not to be done instead of blocking the proposed developments in the state.

Specially the politicians, please think for the future and please do some good things or suggest good ideas to be remembered by the future generations. One of the very unlucky notice of 'quit Manipur' is also seen in print media, an unfortunate one and what will happen to the Meitei staying in other states, students, working boys and girls in metro/other cities.

It will be more than 3/4 lacs. The students reading there, the people earning money there and sending for their families at Manipur if they also got notice of quit the place, what will happen. Manipur is having nothing for its own and completely depends upon other states for any item of daily need, from salt to rice inclusive of petrol, Diesel, LPG etc.

If this is also blocked on our rude behavior before entering Manipur, can the valley people survive? In such cases, Hill area people will not support as it is the creation of valley people. Then the splitting of Manipur will automatically occurred and sovereignty of valley area of 100 KM length and 30/35 KM width will be fulfilled. Then the Meiteis, so said of ..will be extinct from this universe at our fault, cruelty and over-smartness.

As we all know that to go to a distance say from Imphal to Chandel/Pallel/ Kakching or Imphal to Kumbi /Sugnu or Sagang or Thanlon,or tamenglong/ Nungba, people think how to go and what will happen on way. Sometime if it is late, where will they stay and eat. Why all these are coming in mind? Is it not in the Manipur?

The answer is the present situations - UG / Security personals, kidnapping for ransom, killings for not payment of money demands etc. are happening in Manipur. Another one is the dreaded disease HIV/AIDS. Who created all these in Manipur. It is ourselves, people of Manipur making our life dangerous and risky during the last 35/40 years. It is so deteriorated that the future generations will suffered without fault of them .

And this will spit to the present generation for creating such a hell in Manipur and curse themselves for being a Manipuri born in Manipur. Let us remember the days of economic blockade in NH 39 and 53, then the 125 days strike, then the 42 days of teachers strike in Manipur in addition to the daily bandhs, Sit-ins (Dharna) for ASFPA and other killings, the bandhs call by two Social organizations from time to time against the present GOM.

From all these 'Is the people of Manipur happy?'


* Mr.SS2010 (email ID) and contributes regularly to e-pao.net. He can be contacted at mr(dot)ss2010(at)rediffmail(dot)com
This article was posted on March 15, 2011.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Kanglei Thokpa @ Sagol Kangjei : Gallery
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #3: Gallery
  • Meitei Professors' Invention granted Patent
  • Historic Premiere: 'Chilli Chicken' at Manipur
  • Effective Unified Command for Resolution
  • Music & Quiz: Drug Abuse amongst youth
  • Visionless and headless DMU
  • When is the right time & situation for PM visit
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #37: Download
  • Inspirations from Scientists of Manipur: Book
  • Manipur crisis: Treat the disease, not symptom
  • 133rd Durand Cup Trophies Flags Off
  • NEET droppers vs freshers
  • Death : Only future to look at ?
  • Mental health of displaced people
  • Aftermath of Imphal Flooding #1 : Gallery
  • When was the last time we smiled ?
  • Appeal to Stop Unbearable Monetary Demand
  • 'Oppenheimer' links with Supreme Science
  • 'Preventing from holding a press conference'
  • Travel tips during Monsoon
  • Look at it via ground reality
  • Making the 'Balak Buddhi' wiser
  • Kang Chingba @Govindajee #1 : Gallery
  • Release Ebo Mili & Stop large dams in ArP
  • Rainforests are the lungs of Earth
  • Education suffering from political interference
  • Inflated bill main vote plank, law dont cut graft
  • From the Lok Sabha to Manipur
  • Third visit of Rahul
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #9
  • International Day of Yoga #1 : Gallery
  • Lord Jagannatha's processional chariot fest
  • World Zoonoses Day 2024
  • PM 'bola' in Parliament
  • Acknowledging the stand of UNC
  • Embracing tree plantation as a new trend
  • 17th N Tombi Equestrian C'ships #2 : Gallery
  • The spirit & the creed of the Olympics
  • Kang Chingba (Rath Yatra) : Book
  • 'Economic blockade: Rumors baseless'
  • The Power of Poppy - 38 :: Poem
  • Balancing children's academic performance
  • Imphal flooded (again) [Jul 3] #2 : Gallery
  • Covid, Ngari, Yu and Loktak
  • Rural people struggling with network problem
  • English certificate courses for BA student
  • 6th July is International Day of Cooperatives
  • Clogging the waterways with plastics
  • Diverting public attention from core issues
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #2 : Gallery
  • Gateway of Assam
  • Integrating GIS & EWS for flood management
  • The Dopamine overdose
  • Free workshop on civil service exams
  • Bucket of cold water after a hot shower
  • Breaking the silence
  • Imphal flooded (again) [Jul 3] #1 : Gallery
  • Embracing 'Sharra - Kashar-ot'
  • Drug abuse & illicit trafficking in Manipur
  • Nudity being served to increase followers
  • Record high temperature
  • Bangladesh FM Hasan Mahmud's Riyadh visit
  • Indigenous call for NRC
  • Come home to the electorates
  • Meiteis must unite for survival
  • Flood advisories issued
  • State & District Control Rooms
  • Green Hydrogen for a clean environment
  • Need for an Emergency
  • Monsoons beauty
  • Calling out the indifference of Delhi
  • Questioning the silence with a roar
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #8
  • Problem & prospect of floriculture in Manipur
  • WomenLeaders India Fellowship 2024-25
  • Naga Peace Talks and Narasimha Rao
  • Arunachal Minister visits Oil Palm @Godavari
  • Clear cut stand from the Nagas
  • Crisis resolution in 100-day plan ?
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur: A battleground of imperial geopolitics
  • Wangkhem Suresh @ Higher Defence Course
  • Shoppers Stop's 1st Store in Dimapur
  • Stop razing rail station, divert 25k Cr to Signal
  • Has Imphal completely lost the plot ?
  • Time to take responsibility
  • Tarpon chaklen katpa @ Andro #3 : Gallery
  • July Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • International Day of Parliamentarism
  • Skill Development Course at Lumshnong
  • The Power of Poppy - 37 :: Poem
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #1 : Gallery
  • Multiple Openings @ JCRE Solutions
  • Our mass addiction to predicting future
  • Bonsai - A play with another aspect : Review
  • Timely diagnosis to stop misuse of medicines
  • Impactful tool- Instagram marketing strategy
  • Essence of the June 28 rally
  • Birds of the same feather
  • Scientist of Manipur: Satyendra Thoudam
  • Education and the fate of Manipur
  • Centre not mind talking to Kitovi or Alezo
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Nambol
  • Why Bangladesh urge military diplomacy
  • MoU : Assam Don Bosco Univ with Cambridge
  • Understanding beyond the coup
  • Donning the role of LoP
  • Rally @ Jiribam [June 26] : Gallery
  • Umananda Island- World smallest river island
  • Breaking the impasse
  • Fantasies of a sinister childhood
  • Program: developing women entrepreneurship
  • Microlearning is impacting talent acquisition
  • Looking for the way forward
  • The message
  • Moirangthem Robi - Mr Universe India 2022
  • Parthenium Menace in Indo-Myanmar : Book
  • Respect & recognise domestic worker
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hiyanglam
  • One test not for India
  • Include tomatoes in your skincare routine
  • Raising ST call a notch or two higher
  • United in grief, but...
  • Panthoibi Phijol Hongba @Mandalay : Gallery
  • Open Letter to Hon'ble CM of Manipur
  • Slavery in the machine world
  • 'Either Rio regime delivers or it fails'
  • No need for NEET or NET
  • Walkathon to promote health at Guwahati
  • Paradox of arming & disarming citizens
  • Meaningless statements
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #7
  • You are king of web, then slave
  • A Groundbreaking HIV Prevention Option
  • Board of Studies at Assam Don Bosco
  • Public Services as a career choice
  • Manipur violence and state
  • Last minute cancellation
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #36: Download
  • Saraighat Bridge - An Expedition
  • Meeting with MP Dr Bimol Akoijam
  • Manipur: 11 medal (5 gold) @ Natl Taekwondo
  • Socialization and the Two "Meads"
  • The Power of Poppy - 36 :: Poem
  • Scientist of Manipur: Raghumani Ningthoujam
  • Chilli Chicken Delivers a Flavorful Punch
  • International Day of Yoga 2024
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Top 10 health threat
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • Taste vs Health
  • Fiasco of UGC-NET, NEET 2024
  • From NEET to NET: It's time to fix NTA
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #1 : Gallery
  • Ema Panthoibi Phijol Hongba at Mandalay
  • Proposed Palm Plantation behind Jiri violence?
  • 'Why Impose War on Us'
  • Why workers most affected by scorching heat?
  • Coup of 2021 not the only push factor
  • Last chance not to fall from grace
  • Ibudhou Cheng Hongba #1 : Gallery
  • Kind attention 'Your Lordship' CJ of India
  • 'Opposition-less Govt in Nagaland is rhetoric'
  • Xorai - Assam's cultural symbol
  • Natural ways to lighten dark underarms
  • Is Delhi doing the right thing ?
  • Set the priorities right
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #3 : Gallery
  • Modi's arduous journey & fate of Naga peace
  • Autism: Why fit in, when you can stand out?
  • Bloodstained Masquerade :: Poem
  • Dharamvir Singh: Forgotten hero of TV
  • What is keeping the clash going on ?
  • Warning of a coming politico-military storm
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #6
  • The Great June 18 Uprising : Timeline
  • The Great June 18 Uprising : Gallery
  • Are we on track to end AIDS by 2030 ?
  • 3 writers from Manipur for Sahitya Akademi
  • Manipur's traffic, parking: A big nuisance
  • Career in elderly care
  • Keeping the folks under a state of confusion
  • Nothing neat about NEET
  • Aid to relief camps @ Jiribam : Gallery
  • Gastronomy tourism in Manipur : Gallery
  • Eid-ul-Adha: Embracing sacrifice
  • Bike Rally - Sekmai to Kangla : Gallery
  • Tarpon chaklen katpa @ Andro #2 : Gallery
  • 2nd Annual Art Exhibition #1 : Gallery
  • Education Fair @Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #2 : Gallery
  • Scientist of Manipur: Laishram Shanta
  • Bimol Akoijam (Cong) wins Inner PC : Gallery
  • 'Ishanou' Selection @ Cannes #2: Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #3 : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #1 : Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #2 : Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #1 : Gallery
  • Licypriya meets Italy PM & Pope Francis
  • HSLC (Class X) 2024 : Full Result
  • HSLC 2024 : Important Info & Grading System
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Statistical Abstract
  • HSLC 2024 : Comparative Statement
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD