SHILLONG, Jan 22: State PWD (Buildings) Minister and Mawhati legislator, Dasakhiat Lamare, on Friday, informed that DoNER Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh, has assured sanction of two important road projects in Mawhati Constituency in the next financial year.
“I met DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and had a good discussion regarding the two road projects falling under my constituency. He has assured me to try his level best to fund the road for the state,” said Lamare.
Elaborating on the road projects, Lamare said that one is 80-km-long Umsning-Jagiroad while the other is 18-km-long Bhoirymbong-Mawlasanai-Saboda Road connecting Assam with Meghalaya towards Block 2.
“He mentioned that during the financial year 2021-22, the Ministry is expecting less funds, but he, however, assured me to try his best to sanction whatever amount if not for both, then one,” Lamare informed.
Speaking about the 80-km Umsning-Jagiroad, Lamare informed that NEC and World Bank will fund 40 km each, adding that the estimate from NRSDS under NEC is Rs 140 crore for the first stretch, while Rs 85 crore has been estimated by the World Bank.
He informed that although the proposal was submitted in 2019-20, it could not be processed owing to the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
Lamare said that even if Centre sanctions the projects, the works will only begin in the next financial year as the ongoing ones need to be done first.
Informing that the road is in a bad shape as it was constructed 20 years ago, the minister said that around 85-90 villages have been bearing the brunt.