Border villagers meet Conrad, petitions him on bad road conditions

SHILLONG, Jun 19: Residents of four villages under East Jaintia Hills, district on Tuesday appraised the Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma on the deplorable road condition linking the villages and the underdevelopment of villages bordering Bangladesh.

The four villages in East Jaintia Hills includes Hingaria, Huroi, Lahalein and Lejri village.

Speaking to reporters, after meeting with the Chief Minister, a representative of the four villages Kynjamon Amse said, “The total population of theses four villages is around 5000 people and because the road which is about 60 km linking the villages is a deplorable condition it takes about 4-5 hours to reach the market however its easier for the residents of these village to cross over to Bangladesh for their daily needs as it takes only 10 minutes by walking.”

Amse told reporters that the people during time of emergency are finding it difficult to reach the nearest health centre because of the deplorable road condition and hence have to cross over to Bangladesh to get proper treatment.

“Now that the border fencing has started in the border areas it will become more problematic to the people and hence we want the government to start repairing this road,” he said.

When asked, he informed that the Chief Minister has assured the delegation led by Kyrmen Shylla Minister of Social Welfare that the matter will be taken up with the concern department and necessary action will be taken.

He further informed that the road issue in particular has remained unresolved for many years.

“There is a project called Rymbai-Borkhat-Jalalpur road project by the North Eastern Council worth R. 97 crore which has been pending till date since the year 2011,” Amse informed.

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