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Govt plans to use Loktak Lake to ease water scarcity in Imphal

Last Updated on March 18, 2023 by SPN Editor

The implementation of the Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) scheme would undoubtedly prove to be a significant step in addressing the problem of water scarcity in Imphal.

Chief Minister N Biren announced during a press conference at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat that the Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) would be put into operation starting March 20.

The LLI is expected to draw water from Loktak Lake and supply it to Malom, which will greatly alleviate the water scarcity in Imphal and its surrounding areas.

Chief Minister Biren informed that the government has initiated several measures to tackle the current water scarcity in Imphal and greater Imphal areas. Among these measures is the installation of a special pipeline from the Chingkheiching water supply reservoir to the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex’s PHED reservoir. Water pumping through the pipeline has already commenced.

Furthermore, the installation of water filling stations/points is near completion at Khuman Lampak. Water tankers, as well as the general public, can collect water from these filling points.

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Chief Minister N Biren inspecting Loktak Lift Irrigation in 2020 (File photo).

A ministerial team comprising Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai, Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam, and PHED Minister L Susindro inspected the LLI scheme. The primary objective of the inspection was to press the LLI into service.

As per Chief Minister Biren’s announcement, the LLI scheme would be operational from March 20, drawing water from the Loktak Lake and pumping it up to Malom. This would help in the provision of water to the people of Imphal and greater Imphal areas who are currently facing acute water scarcity.

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