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Minister Khashim flags off bike rally, inspects Pettigrew College works


Transport Minister Khashim Vashum flagged off a state-level bike rally on Saturday morning at Awontang bus terminus in Ukhrul Headquarters and inspected the ongoing construction of Academic Block of Pettigrew College.

TFM Ukhrul Correspondent

A bike rally of the Hao Riders’ Association (HRA) which was part of the 4th Shirui Lily Festival was participated by more than 100 bikers from different districts of the state.

Flagging off the rally at around 9 am, Minister of Transport, Khashim Vashum expressed immense appreciation to all the bikers for their enthusiastic participation in the celebration. “This festival is not just for the Tangkhuls, it is a festival of all the communities of Manipur. Your participation has made this festival more meaningful,” he said.

As a gesture of support and love to the bikers, Minister Khashim gifted each of the leaders from different districts with T-shirts produced by the Manipur State Transport (MST) in connection with the festival.

Earlier in the morning, Minister Khashim inspected the ongoing construction of the Academic block of the Pettigrew College and the college’s main gate which are being executed at the estimated cost of Rs. 14.9 Crore under Manipur Minority and OBC Economic Development Society (MOBEDS).

During the inspection, he held a short interaction with the college principal K Soreishang, vice principal Peter Horam, teaching staffs, contractor concerned and executive engineer of MOBEDS along with representatives from Hunphun Village Authority, Hunphun Katamnao Long and All Hunphun Tang Assocaition.

Speaking to the gathering, Khashim, who is also a member of MOBEDS, urged the contractors and the EE to put in their best possible efforts in the construction.

“Everything you do in life leaves a legacy of its own. The good deed will have its own legacy and the bad its own. Let’s all give our best shot to leave a legacy of growth, progress and prosperity,” he said.

17 seaters bus has been provided by the Minister for Pettigrew College and and will provide 32 seaters in the days to come assured Khashim Vashum. “Completion of this building is our utmost priority. Without completing the structure, no further developments could be taken up for the welfare of the students community in Pettigrew College. This building must be completed at the earliest” added Khashim Vashum

College principal Soreishang appraised the Minster of the existing grievances of the college which pertained to acute lack of teachers and classrooms. Minister Khashim assured of addressing the problems and encouraged the college authority to openly share their problems with him from time to time. He said that he is taking keen interest in developing education sector in the district. He informed that with this in view, he has upgraded the long neglected Tongou High School (THS) to a secondary school recently, among others.

He also urged the local CSO leaders to extend their best possible support and cooperation to the ongoing works in the larger interest of the students and the community as a whole.

Minister Khashim also distributed the MST T-shirts to the college teachers, CSO leaders and the MOBEDS officials.

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