KSU asks NPP to stop implementation of railway projects in Meghalaya
The National People's Party (NPP) of Meghalaya has been asked by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) to thwart the implementation of the railway projects in the state as the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system is yet to be put into force.
KSU chief Lambokstarwell Margnar said, “We demand the state government to speed up putting anti-influx mechanisms in place as without them, we will continue to protest against the move to implement railway projects in Meghalaya.”
The development came a day after Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma announced the government's decision to engage with the stakeholders for the introduction of goods trains in the state.
Rejecting the government’s claim that goods trains will benefit the state, the KSU said that the government should first set up medical colleges and implement a better education policy, and that would be a more reasonable approach.
The railway project known as the “Tetelia-Byrnihat” project will be executed at a cost of Rs 496 crore. However, the project has faced roadblocks due to strong opposition from different sections apprehending influx of outsiders.
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