Skyline of Imphal
|District||Imphal East, Imphal West|
|• Body||Imphal Municipal Corporation|
|• Mayor||L. Lokeshwor Singh|
|Elevation||786 m (2,579 ft)|
|• Official||Meeteilon (Manipuri) and English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Imphal ([ɪmˈfɑl] (listen)) is the capital city of the Indian state of Manipur. The metropolitan centre of the city contains the ruins of Kangla Palace (also known as Kangla Fort), the royal seat of the former Kingdom of Manipur, surrounded by a moat.
Initially ruled by Kin Khaba, Imphal was later ruled by the Pakhangba leaders. The clan of the Ningthouja tribe originated then. The Ningthouja tribe quickly expanded and dominated the region in politics and war. Kangla Palace was built by King Khagemba and his son Khunjaoba. The palace was later destroyed by the British during the Anglo-Manipur War. During the reign of Maharaja Bhagyachandra, there were a number of Burmese invasions. However, the kingdom survived with the help of Maharaj Gambhir Singh.
Imphal remained peaceful until 1891 when the British arrived to intervene in internal differences between the royal family. The British sent J.W. Quinton to help but the situation only grew worse and Senapati Tikendrajit was banished. The autocratic British behavior made people angry. This resulted in the 1891 Anglo-Manipur War, which the British won.
The Battle of Imphal took place between March and July 1944, during World War II. The Japanese invaded Imphal to capture British Colonies. However, they were defeated and had to retreat. This attack made the British realise the militarily strategic position of Imphal.
As of 2011[update] the population within Imphal's city limits was 268,243. The average literacy rate in the town was over 90%, with a male literacy rate of 95% and female literacy rate of 87%. Nearly 70% of the inhabitants were Hindu, 10% were Christian, 3.8℅ Sanamahist, 3.7% Muslim, 0.54% Buddhist, 0.45% Jain, and 0.18% Sikh.
The Imphal East and Imphal West districts together have a population of 918,739, which includes Imphal Municipality and the towns and suburbs of Bijoy Govinda, Chingangbam Leikai, Khongman, Khurai Sajor Leikai, Kiyamgei, Kongkham Leikai (portion), Laipham Siphai, Lairikyengbam Leikai, Lamjaotongba, Lamshang, Langjing, Langthabal Kunja, Langthabal Mantrikhong (portion), Lilong (Imphal West), Lilong (Thoubal), Naorem Leikai, Naoria Pakhanglakpa, Oinam Thingel, Porompat, Porompat Plan Area, Pangei, Sagolband (portion), Takyel Mapal, Thongju, and Torban (Khetri Leikai).
Geography and climate
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Imphal is located at  with an average elevation of 786 metres (2,579 ft). It has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa) with mild, dry winters and a hot monsoon season. Temperatures in July average about 29 °C (84 °F); January is the coldest month, with average lows near 4 °C (39 °F). The city receives about 1,320 mm (52 in) of rain, with June the wettest month. The highest recorded temperature was 35.6 °C (96.1 °F), on 22 May 2009, and the lowest temperature was −2.7 °C (27.1 °F) on 10 January 1970.in extreme eastern India,
Climate data for Imphal (1981–2010, extremes 1953–present)
|Record high °C (°F)||27.8
|Average high °C (°F)||22.4
|Average low °C (°F)||4.6
|Record low °C (°F)||−2.7
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||11.5
|Average rainy days||1.1||3.3||6.1||10.3||11.8||15.4||16.1||12.9||10.2||7.3||2.4||1.0||97.9|
|Average relative humidity (%) (at 17:30 IST)||60||54||53||62||69||77||79||79||80||78||74||70||70|
|Source: India Meteorological Department|
Government and Politics
Imphal is the state capital as well as the headquarters of the Imphal district. The civic administration of the city is under Imphal Municipal Corporation.
According to Census 2011, Imphal constitutes 42.13% of the total urban population in Manipur. Hence, the history of urban local governance is longer in Imphal than in other parts of the state. The British established the Town Fund Board in Imphal in 1915, which was headed by the then Political Agent Lt. Col. H.W.G. Cole and other nominated members. The Town Fund Board continued after Independence and merger with India in 1949 and it was not headed by the Chief Secretary of Manipur Administration. In 1956, the Assam Municipal Act, 1923 was extended to Manipur and the Imphal Municipal Board was formed with 12 elected members.The strength of the elected members of this Board was increased to 24 in 1961 and to 28 in 1972. Initially, the Municipal Board was established only to administer the areas in Imphal under the British Reserve, covering 3.10 sq. km and 2,862 inhabitants. This was extended to 17.48 sq km in 1960, 18.25 sq. km in 1970, and 76.58 in 1972.
In 1992, the Municipal Board was upgraded to a Municipal Council under the Manipur Municipality Act, 1994. In 2014, the Council was upgraded to the status of Municipal Corporation. There are 27 wards under the Municipal Corporation, each with its own elected councillor. There are eight committees and five sections at the Corporation to govern the administration of the city.
There are Ward Development Committees in each ward to look after developmental activities at the ward level. The local ward councillor is the chairperson of the Committee, which includes two elected and two nominated members as well. The last election to the Corporation was in 2016, with INC winning 12 seats, BJP winning 10 seats, and independent candidates winning 5 seats. According to the Manipur Municipality Act, 1994, the mayor is indirectly elected by the elected councillors from amongst themselves. The first mayor of the Corporation was Soram Sunil and was elected in 2016. The present mayor of Imphal Municipal Corporation is Laisangbam Lokeshwar and was elected to the position in 2017. Sujata Phaomei is the present Deputy Mayor.
Kangla Palace (also known as Kangla Fort) is on the banks of the Imphal River. Kangla means "dry land" in the Meitei language. It was the palace of King Pakhangba, and also has religious significance. There are a number of temples, and it is surrounded on three sides by a lake.
Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex
A religious site and a tourist attraction, the Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex is noted for its annual Durga Puja festival in September or October.
India Peace Memorial (Red Hill)
The Red Hill is 17 km south of Imphal City on Tiddim Road. The place was the scene of action and the theater of the battle that took place between Allied Forces and Japanese Forces fighting alongside the Indian National Army (INA) in World War II. Red Hill has now become a tourist attraction since the Japanese war veterans constructed a monument at the foot of this hill.
Imphal War Cemetery
This cemetery remembers British and Indian soldiers who fought and died in 1944 during World War II.
Women's Market (Ima Keithel)
The market stalls are all run by women, and it is reportedly the only such market in the world.
Three Mothers Art Gallery is an art museum located at Thangapat Road, Palace Compound, 4.3 km from Imphal.
In October 2012, India's Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure approved an extension of the Jiribam–Silchar railway to Imphal. The extension was expected to reach the city by 2019. The total length of the railway line is 110.62 km. The revised estimated cost of construction for the railway line sits at Rs 9658 crore, with Rs 4927.54 crore being spent as of 2019.
Khuman Lampak Main Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Imphal. It is used mostly for football and athletics. The stadium holds 30,000 people and was built in 1999. This stadium lies inside the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The professional football club NEROCA FC and TRAU FC of I League uses the stadium as their home ground.
- Manipur Central University
- Central Agricultural University
- National Sports University
- Manipur University of Culture
- Indian Institute of Information Technology, Manipur
- Manipur Institute of Technology
- National Institute of Technology, Manipur
- Manipur Technical University
- Areca School, Ragailong
- Comet School, Changangei
- Dav Public School, Chingmeirong
- Don Bosco School Imphal, Chingmeirong
- Guru Nanak Public School
- Herbert School
- Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya including Khumbong (Imphal west), Imphal east, Bishnupur, CCpur, Ukrul, Thoubal, Tamenglong and Senapati
- Johnstone Higher Secondary Public School
- Kids' Foundation School, Ghari
- Maria International Montessori School, Koirengei
- Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1 Imphal, Lamphelpat
- Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2 Imphal, Langjing
- Little Flower School
- Lodestar Public School
- Manipur Public School
- Sainik International School & College Imphal
- St. Anthony's English School & College Imphal
- St. John English High School, Nambol, Bishnupur District
- St. Joseph School
- St. Paul's English School
- Sanfort International School & College Imphal
- Sangai Higher Secondary Public School
Imphal has many private and government hospitals that are open 24 hours.
- Regional Institute of Medical Sciences
- Shija Hospitals & Research Institutes
- City Hospital
- Imphal Hospital
- Raj Medicity
- Sky Hospital and Research Institute
- Mother's Care Hospital and Research Centre
- Apex Hospital
- Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences
- Horizon Hospital and Research Institute
- Advanced Hospital
- Catholic Medical Centre
- Maipakpi Maternity and Child Hospital
- Iboyaima Hospital
- City Hospital
- M. K. Binodini Devi, novelist, short story writer, playwright and a member of the royal family of Manipur
- Yumlembam Gambhini Devi, recipient of the 1988 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the 2005 fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri, for her contributions to Manipuri dance and music
- Ngairangbam Bijoy Singh, doctor and politician
- Ratan Thiyam, theatre director and chairman of the Chorus Theatre Imphal, former chairman at National School of Drama
- Neelamani Devi, craftswoman and master potter who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007 for her contributions to the art of pottery making
- Mary Kom, boxer and national representative at world sport events
- Dingko Singh, boxer who won a gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013
- Binalakshmi Nepram, humanitarian, author, and female activist for gender rights and women-led disarmament movements in Manipur and northeast India
- Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the "Iron Lady" or "Mengoubi" ("the fair one"), a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet
- Robert Naorem, designer representative of indigenous designs of Manipur and involved in the Hindi film industry
- Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, footballer
- Bombayla Devi Laishram, archer who was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2012 and the Padma Shri in 2019 by the Government of India for her contributions to sports
- Armstrong Pame, Indian Administrative Service officer from Tamenglong
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