Imphal: The Manipur government will now
look after the development and improvement of the National
Highway 53 (Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar road) which has been under
the care of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) ever since
1968, officials said Wednesday.
The decision to takeover the highway from the BRO was
taken during a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief
Minister O Ibobi Singh here last evening, they said.
The state public works department will see the
development and improvement of the road with state funds, but
the state government would urge the union ministry of shipping
and transport for reimbursement of the funds spent on NH 53.
The NH 53 is a major link between Manipur and
neighbouring states after NH 39 (Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati),
where the All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) had
launched indefinite economic blockade since April 11.