FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, June 30: The contentious two-lane road project sanctioned by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways from Nongstion-Wahkaji to Mawthabah and Wahkaji-Phlangdiloin to Ranikor has yet again raised a debate between those in favour and those opposed to the project.
Sordars and landowners of 16 villages under the banner of Synjuk Jong Ki Nongshnong Shnong Phlangdiloin Area (SJKNSPA) representing 3500 residents on Thursday demanded the KHADC to immediately issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the two-lane project.
In addition the Synjuk has requested the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to allot the tenders which were invited on May 5, 2014 for the upgradation of two-lane of Wahkaji-Phlangdiloin to Ranikor under SARDP –NE Phase A, which stretches 30 km.
Addressing newsmen here chairman of the Synjuk, Christopher Lyngdoh said, “The people of the region are in desperate need of this road project because it will become the backbone of development. There are some who are opposing this road project saying it is meant to facilitate uranium mining. We are also against uranium mining but we welcome the road project.”
The Synjuk has also requested the KHADC including all the MDCs to immediately issue NOC to the two-lane road project so that work can commence.
He said that if the district council delays in issuing NOC, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will scrap the project.
“This road will become a blessing for the people of the region and if it is taken away then it will be a huge loss for the people.”
He also appealed to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to immediately start allotting tenders for the 2-lane of Wahkaji-Phlangdiloin to Ranikor under SARDP –NE Phase A in which the Ministry had invited tenders.
Calling for unity and understanding, he said, “We are in conflict among ourselves Khasis against Khasis and I feel everyone should come together and have a common understanding and to have unity.”