The Manipur government, keeping in view of its sick financial condition, has curtailed 10 to 30 per cent of the funds allocated to different departments and to invest the curtailed sum for expansion of highways in the state.
Media reports say that the State Government is constrained to deduct certain percentage of the funds allocated to different departments for expansion and repairing of National Highways and State Highways. In the first phase, NH-2 and Tiddim Road (Keishampat to Malom) would be expanded.
The State Chief Minister O Ibobi, after his arrival from China recently, convened a meeting with Ministers and MLAs of all the valley districts and adopted a decision to expand all National Highways passing through the valley districts up to 150 feet.
It is estimated that Rs 300 crore would be required for expansion of the two highways.
Like other departments, plan amount allocated to PWD would be deducted by certain percentage for investment in the highway expansion project.