Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will arrive in Imphal on Wednesday to inaugurate the ‘Manipur Sangai Festival’, the biggest tourism festival of the state.
With preparations all set to kickstart the festival, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday inspected the venues of the annual cultural event. The Chief Minister said that this year’s festival is going to create history as it is being organised at three venues of both hill and valley districts including Imphal, Mao and Keibul Lamjao for the first time. Altogether, 99 stalls from 10 foreign countries and 112 for India will be opened during the festival.
The Defence Minister is expected to arrive at Imphal Airport in a special flight at around 3:30 pm tomorrow. Many foreign dignitaries, including 100 delegates from Myanmar who will reach Imphal Tuesday night, will also be attending the 10 days long grand event.
Informing that the festival would be held for three days at Mao and ten days at Imphal and Keibul Lamjao, the Chief Minister said that Sangai Run would be conducted at all these venues on Wednesday at 7:30 am.
While forest and Environment Minister Th. Shyamkumar would mark the start of the festival at Keibul Lamjao, the main inauguration function would be held at Hapta Kangjeibung at 4 pm, with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the chief guest, he said.
Singh appealed to the people to give the best hospitality to tourists and delegates visiting the state during the festival and guide them with utmost decency. He also urged the public to extend cooperation to the government in keeping the roads, public places and surroundings neat and clean, most importantly, not to call any forms of bandh or blockade during the festival.