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After Flood Woes : Introspection about the future
- Imphal Times Editorial :: June 22 2018 -



The woe of recent flood is alarming. Every citizens of the state need to ponder on finding a solution as it is likely that the same will be faced every year.

There are multifold factors and causes of such frequent water worries in Manipur.

They are unattended deforestation in the catchments, anarchical drainage system, chaotic residential occupation, mindless garbage dumping into the rivers, discriminatory Ithai barrage and Loktak Project.

On top of this the tragic burial of Pats/lakes and wetlands in and around Imphal is crucial.

Therefore, logical response to the situation towards transforming the flood bottleneck is to attack all the factors and causes.

In the meantime, one project idea floating in my mind that connects to the solution not only to the flood but also to other current issues of sustainable development is – build model villages along the foothills of Manipur- A way for solution.

This could be postulated on the two grounds.

First, decades ago Manipur valley was dwelled by many wetlands and we may give back them some.

Second, we desire to leave our frayed and un-rectifiable dens of Imphal and the Leikais of the other towns.

Although restoring the Pats to their former form, appears kind of difficulty at the moment, still there will be better side of trade off.

Because it will help to resurface natural flora and fauna, and can lower the global warming effect in Manipur.

The aesthetic landscape of Manipur will be elevated in some ways, economic beneficial will also come along.

Many of us living in and around Imphal and other towns feel stuffy, smelly which repels us to settle away somewhere afresh.

Also ours is such a haywire unplanned town, the renovation and rebuilding may be possibly costly and ungraceful.

Needs for satellite cities in the periphery of almost all Valley area at selected foothill is one way for finding a solution.

But than awareness level about the needs for conservation of the environment should be well imparted.

The families and individuals who are taking into account the prevailing difficulties and very much willing to avoid the existing inconvenience, can be part of this new idea and be members of this new model village.

Their understanding and volunteerism will be of great help in shifting to a new environment.

The community in this village may be at the average of thirty families and can include some single individuals.

On Housing and Farming the shape of the village can be a linear cluster of the houses with about one kilometer in width.

It may be so for administrative and other functional convenience.

Each family can build their own house with a minimum and convenient budget yet scientific, hygienic and lovely one.

They can accomplish it with a fair share and the support from the Government’s schemes.

The assistant can be in the form of either housing materials or monetary kind.

Each family is going to commit to kitchen garden farming for maximum food sovereignty.

Therefore they have to own an ideal land space. The farming will include seasonal vegetables, corns, cereals, fruits, other life stock of fowls, dairy especially indigenous breed.

There can be as big as medium size farming towards extensive purposes for individuals and groups’ economic activities.

The vegetables and other plants will be grown nearby, in and around the family houses.

For animal husbandry, it may be set out at a reasonable distance, at the fringe of the village in order to avoid smelly disturbances and unhygienic contacts.



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