As the Centre has planned to celebrate the G20 Presidency at various venues across the country, including Manipur, the Northeast State is ready to host the event.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday attended a meeting on preparations for the G-20 Presidency through video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
For organizing the G20 Summit events on February 15-17, 2023 in Loktak, the Northeast’s largest freshwater lake, Chief Minister Biren Singh in a tweet said the meeting held at the Cabinet hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat was attended by Ministers and concerned officials of the State Government.
Known as a power of sport, Manipur is also renowned for its warm hospitality, tweeted the Chief Minister.
The pristine Loktak Lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manipur and will be a significant event venue.
Also known for its floating circular swamps, which are called phumdis in the local language, the lake invites visitors from afar for its ethereal beauty.
Chief Minister Singh also appealed to the people to successfully host the site of the G-20 at Loktak.
In the recently concluded Manipur Sangai Festival, a huge number of tourists, both domestic and foreign including high-level dignitaries including India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Law & Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, and Ambassadors of different countries also visited the lake.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh recently submitted a global project report to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the conservation of the lake and for the improvement of the socio-economic status of people dependent on the lake.
In addition, the Manipur government is pressing the Union’s Ministry of Forests, Environment, and Climate Change to approve its short-term plan for the Loktak called “Wise Use of Loktak”.
In the process of identifying suitable sites for creating the necessary infrastructure for the G20 event, the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) is thoroughly and regularly reviewing the ongoing cleaning works in the lake.