SHILLONG, Sep 14: The state government on Friday held a meeting to take stock of the railway projects in Meghalaya.
The meeting attended by the Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma also had officials from the Railways.
“In my multiple meetings with Piyush Goyal Minister of Coal obviously being Railway minister he was concerned about the projects that were sanctioned for Meghalaya,” Conrad told media persons.
According to the Chief Minister, based on the discussions, a review meeting to understand the current status of the railway projects for Meghalaya was held and officials from the Railways presented what kind of sanctions that were there and the status of the projects.
“The discussion is just to understand what is the current status of the projects that were sanctioned,” the Chief Minister added.
He also informed that at present there were two projects sanctioned but both of them are not proceeding and has been stopped as of now.
One is Kamalachari to Byrnihat and the other project is from Byrnihat to Shillong.
The budget allotted for both these projects is close to Rs 8,000 crores.
Conrad said that these are projects where the government of India have sanctioned the money but because of “local concerns” both the projects have been stopped as of now.
When asked what stand of state government on the railways the Chief Minister said that it is an important economic development that is there in every part of the world.
“…and it is something we feel will change the economic scenario in our state and is an important infrastructure which our state does require,” Conrad said.
He however said that there are lots of concerns by local people and different organizations.
Conrad pointed out that it is the duty of the government to really understand the concerns of the local people so that their sentiments are also not hurt even as he said that there was a need to balance out and take things forward.
“We just took stock of the situation and we would now discuss with other cabinet colleagues and political parties and take stakeholders into account and then decide how to move forward,” the Chief Minister said.