Wednesday, February 8, 2023

G20 summit in Manipur’s Loktak Lake will be a memorable one: Kiren Rijiju


The proposed Imphal meeting of G20 summit will be held in the Loktak Lake, one of two largest freshwater lakes in South Asia.
Union minister of law and justice Kiren Rijiju on Thursday informed that one of the meetings of the G20 summit to be hosted by India will be held in the middle of the lake.
“So, the state government along with the government of India is planning very well to make the G20 summit here in Imphal as one of the memorable one,” the Union minister who was in Imphal on a two-day visit said on Thursday.
The year-long Presidency of G20 hosted by India began on December 1. During India’s year-long summit, several meetings of the inter-governmental grouping will be held in the Northeast, including Imphal.
Before leaving Imphal , the Union minister paid a visit to the Loktak Lake and inspected progress of the development works of various tourist spots in and around the freshwater lake at Moirang of Bishnupur district.
The ministerial team inspected the work progress of the development of INA (Indian National Army) headquarters during the World War –II at Moirang Konjengbam Leikai before visiting other places like Loktak Lake, INA Memorial Complex, Keibul Lamjao National Park – the only floating national park in the world and home to the Sangai deer, etc. – in Bishnupur district.
The Indian government had taken over the house at Moirang Konjengbam Leikai where INA used as its headquarters during the war time and is currently developing as a world class tourism spot.
Kiren Rijiju, talking to reporters, said “Manipur is changing very fast toward the positive side.”
Even in the Loktak Lake, he saw remarkable changes since his last visit, the Union minister claimed.
He appreciated the initiative of the Manipur government to clean the largest freshwater in the country.
The Manipur government has a very good plan to make the lake more beautiful and also to create facilities for the visitors to come and feel the enchanting natural beauty of the lake, he said.
The lake that served as the lifeline of the people living in the periphery has so much natural gifted potential to become a tourist destination, he observed.
The Union minister said that the just concluded Manipur Sangai Festival helped expose the tourism potential of not only Manipur but also the northeast region and acted as an engine to increase the flow of tourists.
The Union law and justice minister arrived here in Imphal on November 30 to attend the closing function of the 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival held in Imphal’s Palace Compound in the evening of the same day.
He left Imphal today afternoon, concluding his two-day visit in the state.

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