Singngat: A far-flung town in Manipur

By : Haumuanlun Samte

Singngat, a beautiful town in south-west of Manipur, lays a moldering ruin today. It is around 30 kms down south of Lamka, the district headquarter of Churachandpur, around 115 kms from Sinzawl village bordering Mizoram and approximately 25 kms from the Indo-Myanmar border. It had been a prosperous town with different ethnic people living together harmoniously. Sadly, it now turns into a seemingly small hamlet – quiet, dark, desolate, empty, neglected and abandoned. The Government machinery has completely collapsed and there is little, or no, sign that this place is part of the Indian state.

It happens to be one of the most devastated arenas where political gladiators – using ethnicity as a political tool to mobilize support and gain power – are engaged in real political combats. The poor people have been bogged down by deprivation and hopelessness over the years. And the breaking of a new dawn seems a far cry for them.

Countless volumes have been written on the subject. Innumerable voices have been raised. But these seem to be read by blind eyes and heard by deaf ears.

It’s time for the pictures to do the talking now.

Singngat Hospital building

Gone are the days when well-equipped doctors and nurses attended to patients under the sprawling expanse of the hospital building in downtown Singngat. The building is now stands in a forgotten corner, slowly wasting away as time goes by.

Community Hall

Wonder what the hell is this. Seems like a colossal wreck, eh?

Power House

In April 23, 2005 CM Ibobi Singh laid the foundation for a 33 kV sub-station in Singngat. And everybody’s damn sure that the project wouldn’t just be completed till the foundation stone withers away.

Sub-Divisional Officer’s office

Yes, the office building is functional. But where are the office guys? No wonders, they have been working somewhere in New Bazar, the heart of the district headquarters. Reason is: security.

Singngat Hospital building

Gone are the days when well-equipped doctors and nurses attended to patients under the sprawling expanse of the hospital building in downtown Singngat. The building is now stands in a forgotten corner, slowly wasting away as time goes by.

Treading the dreaded Tedim Road

Whopping Rs. 112.04lac has been spent in Lamka – Singngat road construction for the last three years. That’s what Devendra Singh said in the Assembly house last year. Where the hell have these moneys gone?

But this is not the end of the story. A new dawn seems to be emerging from the beautiful hills of Lentang…

Community Information Center

It first came in January 2003. Thus began a new chapter of IT here, in this part of a forgotten world. But poor electricity continues to impede its proper functioning.

Border Model Town

General JJ Singh, Chief of Army Staff laid the foundation for the Model Town project on September 9, 2006. Singngat will hopefully serve as a springboard for empowering the untouched, but unquiet hills beyond.

Source: http://www.youthejournalist.com/article.php?aid=1553&sid=15

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