Meghalaya, Feb 10: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma who is currently on a visit to the national capital met the Union minister and informed him of the progress being made in various road projects underway in Meghalaya.
Sangma on Wednesday called on Union road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi.
The chief minister also sought support from the Centre to improve road connectivity to connect far-flung areas of Meghalaya.
“Had the opportunity to call on Hon’ble Union Minister for @MORTHIndia, Sh. @nitin_gadkari Ji and apprised him of the progress of various road projects in the State. Have sought further support from the Ministry to improve road connectivity in #Meghalaya,” Conrad Sangma tweeted.
Had the opportunity to call on Hon’ble Union Minister for @MORTHIndia, Sh. @nitin_gadkari Ji and apprised him on the progress of various road projects in the State. Have sought further support from the Ministry to improve road connectivity in #Meghalaya. pic.twitter.com/MxIGcFPlYW
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 10, 2021
The Meghalaya government has accorded importance to the development of transport in the state under its Restart Meghalaya Mission.
The Restart Meghalaya Mission was launched in August last year to revive the ailing economy of the state, which had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state government had allotted Rs. 850 crores to develop 13 major roads covering a length of about 350 Km under the mission.
Meghalaya CM also thanked Dr Jitendra for constant support towards the State projects
Chief Minister Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma on Wednesday met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and thanked him for constant support to the State projects by the Ministry of DoNER.
He made a special mention of the recent road project sanctioned under North East Special Development Scheme for upgradation of Mawshynrut-Hahim-Boko road.
Dr. Jitendra Singh told Chief Minister Sangma that Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a personal interest in following up all the issues related to the North Eastern States.
Under Prime Minister’s instructions, he said, the special impetus is being given to improving the connectivity and transport through new airports, air flights in different sectors, double-gauge railway lines across the region, networks of roads, and new inland waterways.
As for the State of Meghalaya, Dr. Jitendra Singh noted the recent introduction of direct air flight from Shillong to Delhi. He said, this was a long pending requirement, and Shillong is a popular tourist destination as well as the original capital of the erstwhile Assam, richly deserved this facility.
Similarly, Dr. Jitendra Singh recalled that when the Modi Government came in 2014, many people in Meghalaya had never seen a train in their lifetime.
Today an ambitious project to lay double track has been undertaken in the region, he said.
Chief Minister Meghalaya informed the DoNER Minister that the tourist spots in Meghalaya have started receiving visitors from all over in huge numbers.
To this, Dr. Jitendra Singh responded by saying that he is confident that this year is going to be a tourist boon for the region because many of the regular holidaymakers who followed the annual routine of visiting European destinations will now find a parallel option in Shillong and other similar destinations because while the European holiday resorts were badly affected by the COVID pandemic, the tourist resorts in the Northeast remained mostly free of the pandemic.