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Kangla Fort (Imphal):

Kangla Fort is proposed to be developed into the Kangla Fort Heritage Park. Kangla is located at the heart of the city and covers an area of 237.62 acres. Kangla is a wonderful synthesis of unique cultural resources, which include the Manipuri and British periods. Diversity of the two resources ranges from architectural, archaeological, natural and sacred. The Fort exemplifies bravery and sacrifices of Manipuris and witnessed many of battles British authorities who wanted to capture and conquer the state. The Fort is presently managed by the Kangla Fort Board under the presidentship of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur.







Development Proposals:


  • Restoration (conservation) & reconstruction and Development of important Historical monuments – Ruins of Citadel, ruins of Kangla Uttra, Govindaji Temple, Beithab, Old Brick Temple of Brindabanchandra, etc. The conservation work will take place after preparing proper conservation plan by professionally qualified conservation architects.
  • Development of important sacred places and water bodies such as Nungjeng Phukri (lake), nunggoibi, Manglen, Kangla Mein Surung, lainingthou Wangbaren, Lainingthou Marjing, Lainingthou thangjing, Lainingthou Koubru, Manung Kangjeibung (Inner polo ground).


  • For the sacred lakes, maintaining of water and surroundings, cleaning of the lake and information signage indicating the lake’s history, its sacred importance, dos and dont’s, etc.

  • For other sacred sites, proper delineation of site and providing information signage of its importance and dos and don’t’s.

  • To develop gardens around holy places

  • Reusing of important /beautiful European type buildings/bungalows as museums & offices.

  • Conversion of residences and bungalows of the British officers into heritage hotel/resort

  • Creation of a large cultural centre to showcase the rich dance (Manipur dance or Ras Leela, Pung Cholom, Nupa Pala, etc) and music form of arts of Manipur. Conducting regular performances of Manipuri and other dances and music. Construction of two auditoria for regular performances of Manipuri dance and other local dances and music

  • Thang Ta & Sarit Sarak’ is a popular Manipuri martial art. To show case this to tourists, a dedicated gallery for martial arts of Manipuri is created and regular shows of this martial art is performed.

  • Establish institute of Manipuri Dance covering teaching of dance at various levels, research on the dance, arranging of lectures by eminent personalities in the field, establishing a library on the dance with historical evidences, etc.

  • Plantation of trees specially medicinal plants and indigenous trees;
  • To convert open spaces in Kangla as recreational Centre (landscaped parks, children play areas, etc.) since Imphal city does not have any big park;


  • To construct replicas of houses of different ethnic groups of Manipur within the fort area.

  • Cleaning of inner and outer moats and maintaining of water quality from weeds

  • Introduction of slow moving boats in the inner moat (5 pedastal boats)

  • Maintaining of water level in Imphal river (possibly by constructing bunds in the river)

  • Creation of a Team to protect Kangla from encroachment;


Costs and Phasing

The costs for the proposed developments at Kangla fort and the proposed phase of development are as below:



  1. Costs and Phasing: Kangla fort

Sr. No.

Development

Total Cost (in Lakh Rs.)

Phase of Development

Implementing Agency




Kangla Fort










1

Restoration (conservation) & reconstruction and Development of important Historical monuments,


1500

I and II

Kangla Development Aut.

2

Development of important sacred places and water bodies such a Nungjeng Phukri (lake), nunggoibi, Manglen etc.

500

I and II

Kangla Development Aut.

3

For the sacred lakes, maintaining of water and surroundings, cleaning of the lake etc.

50

I and II

Kangla Development Aut.

4

For other sacred sites, information signage of its importance and dos and don’t’s.

2

I

Kangla Development Aut.

5

To develop gardens around holy places

50

I

Kangla Development Aut.

6


Reusing of important /beautiful European type buildings/bungalows as museums & offices.

200

I

Kangla Development Aut.

7

Conversion of residences and bungalows of the British officers into heritage hotel/resort

200

II

PPP

8

Construction of an auditorium for regular performances of Manipuri dance etc.

50

I and II

Tourism

9

Establish institute of Manipuri Dance covering teaching of dance at various levels, research etc.

70

I and II

Culture

10

Plantation of trees specially medicinal plants and indigenous trees;

30

I

Kangla Development Aut.


11

To convert open spaces in Kangla as recreational Centre.

30

I and II

Tourism

12

To construct replicas of houses of different ethnic groups of Manipur within the fort area.

50

I and II

Tourism

13

Cleaning of inner and outer moats and maintaining of water quality from weeds

20

I

Kangla Development Aut.

14

Introduction of slow moving boats in the inner moat

20

I

Kangla Development Aut.

15

Maintaining of water level in Imphal river (possibly by constructing bunds in the river)

100

II

Irrigation


16

Creation of a Team to protect Kangla from encroachment;

30

I

Kangla Development Aut.




Total

2902











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