Meghalaya govt reviews rail plan

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A street curler set on hearth on the Ronghana railway undertaking website in Meghalaya. File image

Shillong: The NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance authorities on Friday held a assessment assembly to grasp the standing of the proposed railway tasks within the state.

The assembly, held on the essential secretariat, determined to take all stakeholders on board earlier than shifting ahead. It was chaired by chief minister Conrad Okay. Sangma and attended by officers of the Northeast Frontier railway (NFR).

The assembly took inventory of the pending railway tasks of the state and reviewed the standing of the continuing tasks.

Conrad mentioned throughout his a number of conferences with Union railway minister Piyush Goyal, he had expressed concern concerning the tasks sanctioned for Meghalaya.

During the assembly, NFR general-manager Sanjive Roy spoke concerning the standing of the Tetelia-Byrnihat and Byrnihat-Shillong tasks.

“The Centre has sanctioned the two projects but because of local issues, both the projects have been stopped,” Conrad mentioned.

Asked concerning the state authorities’s stand, he mentioned, “We will now consult other cabinet colleagues, political parties and stakeholders before deciding our course of action.”

“We feel that it is an important economic development that will change the economic scenario of Meghalaya. It is an important infrastructure that our state requires. There are a lot of concerns among the local people and organisations. It is the duty of the government to understand their sentiments. We need to balance it out and take things forward,” the chief minister mentioned.

The Khasi and Jaiñtia area of Meghalaya will likely be related to Tetelia in Assam by means of the 2 tasks.

About 2.3km of the railway line falls inside Meghalaya and the remainder in Assam.

Conrad mentioned the price range allotted for each these tasks was near Rs 8,000 crore.

“We will take measures to overcome hurdles. It is important for us as a government that we take the views of all stakeholders and political parties into account before we move forward with an important decision on this matter,” the chief minister added.

Construction of the proposed railway line, about 20.5km from Tetelia in Assam to Byrnihat in Meghalaya got here to standstill in Meghalaya following a violent protest by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) on the railway undertaking website in Ronghana village in Ri-Bhoi district on May 27 final 12 months.

The KSU mentioned it might begin the dialogue on the railway tasks solely after the state authorities applied sturdy mechanisms to verify inflow.

A gathering referred to as by the chief minister to debate the contentious inter-state boundary subject was postponed. It is more likely to be held subsequent week.

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