Shillong, April 2: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma along with State Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh today called on Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj rendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi to discuss on issues pertaining to the State of Meghalaya, informed the CM’s communication cell on Monday
The Chief Minister sought the Minister’s support for development of water harvesting and check dams to tap on the rich sources of the State and provide safe drinking water to the people.
“We want to ensure that every village and household in Meghalaya have access to safe drinking water. The focus is to ensure that along all water sources, reservoirs are constructed, so that water can be made readily available to the people,” the Chief Minister said in his deliberation with the Union Minister.
The Union Minister has suggested to the Chief Minister to make an official visit to Himachal Pradesh and take cue on the best practices on water conservation and water distribution models initiating by the Himalayan State.
The Chief Minister also sought for full support for the successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadhak Yoja (PMGSY) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yoja (PMAY).
The Chief Minister also called on Union Minister of State Tourism KJ Alphons in the tiol capital today. Accompanied by the State Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh the CM sought the union Minister’s intervention to initiate “destition tourism” projects in the state.
The Chief Minister harped on development of tourism infrastructure and amenities in different tourist locations with particular focus on Sohra, Umiam and eco-tourism destition of Nokrek and Balpakram.
The Union Minister suggested to the Chief Minister to also work on possibilities to promote luxury tourism in State harping on its rich potentials. “Meghalaya is a priority State for the Ministry of Tourism and we are going to extend all possible help to boost tourism. I would persolly take up the issue of road connectivity in Meghalaya with Union Transport Minister for his persol intervention,” said Alphons during his conversation with the Chief Minister.
Alphons told the Chief Minister that 12 different locations, including Sohra, have been identified in the North-east to promote destition tourism.
“We want to develop the cave network of Meghalaya and make it a major attraction for the tourist,” Alphons reportedly said .