Mukul invites Pranab to lay base of road projects

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has invited President Pranab Mukherjee to lay the foundation stone of major road projects in the state sanctioned in the last two years.

While congratulating Mukherjee on being sworn-in as the 13th President, Dr Sangma on Thursday said, “The people are looking forward to gaining from his experience in serving the masses.”

The Chief Minister also said he would be happy if Mukherjee inaugurates the Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura road, the work of which has already begun.

The project worth Rs 1496 crore is among the largest infrastructure projects in the whole of North East region.

Besides, he named the major infrastructure projects sanctioned for Meghalaya which included the Jorabat-Umiam expressway, Shillong bypass and ADB-funded Garobadha-Ampati-Dalu road.

Another major project which will transform the socio-economic landscape of the region is the construction of a new National Highway (NH 127 B) connecting Srirampur-Dhubri-Phulbari-Tura-Williamnagar-Nongstoin with a total length of 361 km including a bridge over Brahmaputra connecting Dhubri(Assam) and Phulbari (Meghalaya) which will be the longest new bridge in the country.

The Chief Minister already met Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Dr C P Joshi on July 24 and requested for expeditious implementation of these projects.

The chief minister, in a letter to union Road Transport and Highways Minister C. P. Joshi, apprised him about the pending sanction concerning a reconstrunction of a bridge on National Highway 62.

Dr Sangma also urged the Union Minister to consider converting 26 semi-permanent timber bridges on NH 62 into permanent structures.

He said the move will help promote trade and commerce within the north eastern region. (Agencies)

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