Beauty of politics: NPP, UDP on opposite sides in JHADC

SHILLONG, Apr 13: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday said it does not matter if the National People’s Party (NPP) is sitting in the opposition in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).

It may be mentioned that while the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the NPP are partners under the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government but the parties are opposed in the Jaintia Council.

“This is the beauty of democracy and coalition politics,” Conrad said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that in West Bengal, Municipal Corporation election, the Congress and the BJP is against the TMC.

“This is the dynamics of politics,” he added.

Meanwhile, Conrad reiterated that the MDA will ensure that the government completes its term.

“All the MLAs are committed to the coalition,” Conrad added.

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  1. Meghalaya and Mizoram are the first two north east states that will draw benefit from one of the Indo-Japanese agreements inked on Saturday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during the latter’s India visit. A joint statement issued after the agreement was signed between the two countries placed on record India’s appreciation to Japan’s intention to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans amounting to approximately 67 billion yen for the improvement of road network connectivity in North-East states.

    It is expected that the ODA loans will not only improve the connectivity in and around North-East states but also economic activity of the region. While Meghalaya will gain a two lane road from Tura to Dalu measuring 48 kms, Mizoram will gain a similar two lane road to be awarded in three sections from Aizawl to Tuinpang which is 380 km in length.

    Both the projects are pegged at around Rs 5,880 crore and are set to take off this coming fiscal year, an official in the state PWD informed. Recently the Central government had entrusted the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) the task of developing 11 highway projects having total length of 1,266 km spread across Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland, funding for which is being sought from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

    Of the 11 projects, Detailed project reports (DPRs) with necessary modification have already been submitted for the Tura to Dalu and Aizawl to Tuipang projects. DPRs for the remaining projects are in various stages of implementation and subsequently demand for funds will be raised after completion of DPRs, sources informed.Recently, NHIDCL’s managing director Anand Kumar had stated that the objective of the project is to improve the connectivity in and around North-East states in India through strengthening the existing national highway network.

    In fact last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan, the Japanese side had announced a survey by JICA to identify possible cooperation including road connectivity projects in North-East states of India.

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