FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Feb 12: The Khun Hynniewtrep tiol Awakening Movement (KHM), Youth Wing today slammed Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma’s comment that railways would promote tourism in the state.
In a press statement issued here today, KHM youth wing president, Thomas Passah said, “Our party cannot accept this argument and it is only a trick to mislead the people of the state.”
It may be mentioned that recently, Dr Sangma said that railway connectivity to Shillong can be a game-changer in the government’s pursuit to promote the state as the most favourite tourist destition.
The KHM pointed out that tourists destitions in the country like Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is 125 km far from the nearest rail head-New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and 114 km away from Siliguri Railway Station.
Darjeeling is 62 km far from New Jalpaiguri Railway station and that it was a “Toy Train” which takes seven hours to reach its destition.
The KHM youth wing also pointed out that Ladakh is 700 km away from Jammu Tawi Railway Station, 434 km away from Srigar Railway Station and 494 km away from Mali Railway Station. The KHM also said that Munr, Kerela is 110 km from Aluva Railway Station, 130 km from Erkulam Railway Station and 135 km away from Madurai Railway Station. The party to further buttress its claim that the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region does not need a rail head said that Valparai, Coimbatore in Tamil du is 104 km from a Railway Station and Kadaikul is 100 km away.