Bypass project heads for a 2013 completion

SHILLONG: If the utterances of a senior official of the M/S GR -Chetak (JV), the firm executing the Shillong Bypass project, are taken for granted, the Rs 220.35crore project from Umiam to Mawryngkneng is expected to be completed by 2013.

The official on Wednesday confirmed that the physical progress of the project is more than 65 per cent and “every effort is being made to complete the project by June-July next year.”

The commissioning of the Shillong Bypass is expected to give the much-needed relief to the citizens of Shillong from the ever increasing traffic as all vehicles bound for Jaintia Hills and Assam would be diverted via the bypass.

The official informed that the black topping of the road would start next year.

It may be mentioned that the actual target for the commissioning of the project is January 2014.

The official also said that the compensation for the 10 hectares of land which was acquired for the project has been paid to the land owners. “The project has almost been completed in Ri Bhoi district and now we are concentrating in East Khasi Hills sector,” the official said.

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