Meghalaya CM lays foundation for Umling-Patharkhmah road



Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday laid the foundation for the up-gradation of the Umrit to Umdu road in Ri Bhoi district in the presence of deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong and Jirang MLA S Sohtun.

The up-gradation of the 31.091 km Umrit to Umdu road in the Umling-Pathrkhmah stretch is a World Bank-funded externally aided project being taken up under the Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project (MITP).

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony at Umrit, the chief minister termed the road project as a "historic moment" and, said that it will usher in a major transformation in the economic condition of the people living in the area.

Stating that economic prosperity of a place is linked to proper connectivity and good roads, Sangma said that development of infrastructure and improvement of road connectivity across the state was a major focus area of the present government.

"In the last two and a half years, we have seen historic investments being made in the road sector. The PWD department, under the leadership of our present deputy chief minister, has sanctioned more than 5000 crore worth of schemes under PMGSY, National Highways, World Bank projects, and different projects under CRF and State schemes," Sangma said.


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The chief minister also pointed out that many important roads in the state were lying in a state of neglect for many years.

"Roads such as Nongstoin to Maweit, that are very important to the people and the state, have been left unattended for more than 40 years. It is this government that has taken the initiative to develop that road."

"The oldest road in the Garo Hills region, which is the Rongram-Dadenggre-Phulbari road, which has never been taken up in a major way, for the first time, the PWD department will be constructing a new road and upgrading it with an amount close to 145 crore," Sangma said.

In his address, the deputy chief minister Prestone said that many projects including road development projects were progressing well in Ri-Bhoi district.

He informed that apart from the up-gradation of the Umrit to Umdu road, for which the foundation was laid today, the government plans to upgrade the Umsning-Jagiroad as well as the Nongpoh-Umden-Sonapur road.

"The cost of these projects is not less than 300 crore and that is why I say, Ri-Bhoi is one of the blessed districts in Meghalaya," Tynsong said.


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