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SHILLONG, Oct 2: Ahead of the ‘Terra Madri’ or Mother Earth festival to be celebrated in Mawphlang Sacred Groves in East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Kennedy Khyriem announced before the State Governor V Shanumagathan that the dilapidated roads that connect Shillong and the destined spot will be repaired and laid in one month’s time.
Khyriem made this statement during the 1st anniversary celebration of the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan in Shillong, on Friday. Terra Madri festival scheduled in November will be attended by members from 52 countries and it is expected to attract a host of tourist from within the country. When later, The Sentinel questioned him on the assurance, Khyriem said, “I am a man of words. Rs 13 crore have been earmarked to re-construct the bad stretches of the road out of which Rs 9 crore has already been sanctioned by the Public Works Department (PWD).” “I can firmly tell you that the roads will be without the potholes in a month’s time”, asserted the state parliamentary secretary while claiming that the ongoing work is in full swing. Asked on the quality of the work, Khyriem said, “I am not aware of the technical aspects but the travel from Shillong to Mawphlang will not disappoint anyone during the festival.” The Terra Madri festival is being looked forward by the locals of Mawphlang. There will be total involvement of the Hima (Chiefdom) and the residents, stated the elders of the village, even as they look at the grand intertiol festival as a fresh initiative to project the place as the tourist destition of the state.