SHILLONG: Meghalaya's Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, proudly declared the state's commendable performance in implementing the central government's Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) road projects. During a ceremony at Nengmandalgre Playground, he inaugurated crucial road infrastructures in East Garo Hills, including the L051-Nengmandalgre to Daribokgre (Mandalgre) road spanning 35 kms, and the L042 Cherangre to Sisobibra (Nengmandalgre to Gitokgre) road covering 7.820 kms. Additionally, long-span bridges of 51.68 meters over the rivers Rongon and Rongre were unveiled.
The event witnessed the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Local MLA Marcuise N Marak, and Member of Parliament Agatha K Sangma. Sangma expressed the significance of the newly inaugurated roads for regional development, emphasizing their crucial role in fostering progress. He credited MP Agatha K Sangma for facilitating these projects under the PMGSY scheme, asserting Meghalaya's standing as one of the best-performing states in PMGSY implementation.
Chief Minister Sangma elucidated the government's 5 Point Agenda, focusing on "Road for All, Power for All, Housing for All, Information for All, and Water for All." He outlined a Saturation Model aimed at achieving these goals in the coming years. Sangma also disclosed that Rs. 1600 crores had been sanctioned for the construction of 1500 houses under the PMAY for the fiscal year 2023-2024, expressing gratitude to the MP for her support.
Highlighting alternative livelihood and employment opportunities for the youth, Sangma underscored the government's commitment to comprehensive development. Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tynsong emphasized the transformative impact of the newly inaugurated roads on economic, health, educational, and day-to-day activities for local communities. He assured that under PMGSY, 1200 kms of roads would be developed across the state.
Tynsong called for the cooperation of nokmas, sordars, and landowners in the land acquisition process, emphasizing its importance for the overall benefit of the state's residents. The total sanctioned cost for the long-span bridges over the Rongre and Rongon rivers on the Jakopgre to Nengmandalgre road was specified as 176.969 lakhs and 151.140 lakhs, respectively. The inauguration ceremony marked a milestone in Meghalaya's commitment to comprehensive and accessible infrastructure development.