‘Rail link to Byrnihat still a non-starter’

A Reporter
SHILLONG, May 19: The railway project between Tetelia (Assam) and Byrnihat (Meghalaya) has remained a non- starter ever since the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) had halted the railway project last year.

An official of the NFR said that  the construction work between Tetelia and  Kalmajaria in Assam was almost complete but the work was yet to resume in the small portion of Meghalaya after it was halted last year.

According to officials of the NFR, they would also have discussions about the stalled railway project  with  the new State Government. It may be noted that the cost of the proposed 20.5 km railway line linking Tetelia in Assam and Byrnihat in Ri Bhoi is estimated around Rs 496 crore. The length of the track in Meghalaya is just 2.5 km. The KSU which has been opposing the project wants the State Government to put in place effective mechanism to check influx, including setting up of entry and exit points, before introducing railways in the state.