Meghalaya seeks JICA’s help to ease Shillong traffic congestion


SHILLONG:  Meghalaya Government has proposed to the Japanese International Cooperation  Agency (JICA) to conduct a study on the traffic congestion Shillong city.

The proposal was made by the State planning Board to  a study team of JICA during a meeting here on Tuesday

Speaking to media persons,  special advisor of the JICA study team,   C Kuranama said that the  proposal of studying the traffic jams in Shillong at first had to be approved by the JICA headquarters.

It may be mentioned that the perennial problem of traffic congestion has become a major issue  in the town and even the State police earlier had recommended the State Government to engage consultants to conduct a study on the ever increasing traffic jam in the capital city of Shillong.

On the other hand, Planning Board chairman, Lambor Malngiang also said that the Government is looking to construct link and ring roads in and around Shillong for better connectivity.

The meeting between the Planning Board and the JICA study also discussed about the intervention of JICA in education and health sector besides addressing the concerns of water scarcity in the town.

Malngiang  said  that  Government would like to have schools in Meghalaya with proper infrastructure through  the support of JICA as many schools in rural areas of the state lack even basic infrastructure.

In addition, the Government and JICA would also like to identify various difficulties in the health sector and the  and JICA would support the State Government through   infrastructure projects and technical assistance.

It may be mentioned that JICA has already funded some road projects in the state and the State Government is now exploring the idea of getting JICA support even for State Highways and other smaller road projects.

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