Simun­jan in dire need of new town­ship — Alwa

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ALWA Dris ( BN- Simun­jan) said the pro­posed new Simun­jan town­ship will be a real tonic to trans­form the town in line with its sta­tus as an ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tre of the district.

” That is the main rea­son why we need a new town­ship, to house, among oth­ers, the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies like For­est Dept, Agri­cul­ture Dept, Health Dept, Post Of­fice, In­for­ma­tion Dept, Wel­fare Dept, Na­tional Reg­is­tra­tion and Fire and Res­cue Dept. The present premises are di­lap­i­dat­ing,” he said in his de­bate to sup­port the state bud­get yes­ter­day.

“The di­lap­i­dated phys­i­cal con­di­tion of these gov­ern­ment build­ings do not re­flect the gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus to pro­vide world- class ser­vices and com­fort to the peo­ple who re­quire the ser­vices,” he added.

Al­waal­so­hope­dthe­new­town­ship would be able to ac­com­mo­date all those of­fices, res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings, and higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

He said the new town­ship pro­ject was very much awaited by the peo­ple here to pro­vide a fresh breath of life and to ex­pand the eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The new town­ship will change the land­scape of the cur­rent Simun­jan town so that the peo­ple will be able to live com­fort­ably and in peace. I thus urge the gov­ern­ment to be se­ri­ous on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new town­ship.

Alwa also re­quested that the vil­lage ex­pan­sion pro­ject and re­lo­ca­tion of the vil­lagers would be­come a re­al­ity at Simun­jan town proper soon.

“Many peo­ple are now liv­ing at work­ers’ quar­ters at plan­ta­tions in the sub­urb. Be­sides work­ing in plan­ta­tions they also live in the quar­ters pro­vided as there is no land for them to build their own houses.

“There are many fam­i­lies shar­ing a sin­gle ac­com­mo­da­tion This is a sign that a vil­lage ex­pan­sion plan and re-al­lo­ca­tion have to be car­ried out,” he said.

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