SHILLONG, June 24: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Monday met Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi to discuss about the ongoing highway projects in the state.
“We discussed about the on going projects in our state, including the different CRF projects, the different national highway projects and also discussed on how to speed up the implementation of other national highway projects which are yet to start,” Conrad said in a recorded statement today.
It may be mentioned that there are 61 sanctioned projects under CRF amounting to Rs 371.2216 crore, one interstate connectivity project at the cost of Rs 60.4228 crore, two 4-lane and two 2-lane projects under Bharatmala Pariyojana, the two new National Highway approved “In Principle” – 2 NHIDCL projects and 3 State PWD projects.
There are 4 projects under JICA funding in the State of Meghalaya having a total length of 414.330 Kms. All 4 projects projects are being implemented implemented by NHIDCL.
Stating that the outcome of the meeting was positive, Conrad said “We are getting a very positive response from him (Gadkari) and we are positive that within this financial year, we will see that some of the projects that have been pending for sometime now, will start.”
The Chief Minister further stated that it also depend on the state government giving clearances like forest and other important clearances while expressing hope that the other pending projects will start this year.
He also mentioned that the project regarding the construction of the bridge over Brahmaputra connecting Dhubri and Phulbari is also expected to take off very soon.
“We also discussed new projects to be done especially by CRF and interstate connectivity and to declare some highways as national highways. The union minister was of the view that it will be better if we ensure that the pending project are completed before taking up new projects,” said Conrad.
He said that base on the good response, a lot of attention is being given for Meghalaya state and Northeast in general.
Meanwhile, the state government has submitted new proposals to the Transport ministry which included construction of new roads under ISC, road length to be transferred to NHIDCL, NH/SARDP-NE Projects proposed for transfer to State PWD besides others. (TNT)