Manipur government encourages night life
Imphal Oct 2 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Monday night inaugurated a night plaza known as Imphal Evening in the heart of Imphal city that he said will give people a chance to relax and enjoy.
Inaugurating it he said "This will give a chance to the people to relish tasty food enjoy cultural shows colourful dances. They could relax for a few hours. These will be irresistible attraction for tourists."
Till recently people preferred to stay indoors after nightfall in the insurgency afflicted border state.
The night plaza will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Singh said: "There will be strict prohibition and no abuse of intoxicants. It will be a no smoking zone. The government is trying to give a pleasant chance to spend the weekends to all sections of people after days of hard work."
Congress MLA K. Joykishan the party spokesperson said "There are illegal drinking joints only a few metres away from Imphal Evening. There will be problems when youths under the influence of liquor converge there."
He said "Chief Minister Biren has been reluctant to lift the AFSPA saying that law and order is still unstable. If it is so normalised then the government should take steps to lift it."
Forest Minister T. Shyamkumar said: "This is the first step. Ordinary shops in other parts of the city shall be opened in due course."
Apart from dance and music various kinds of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items are on sale there. Police said that security measures are being tightened to ensure that there is no untoward incident. The plaza remains open till 10 p.m.