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Conrad Govt accused of not following up on road project

Shillong, Dec 1: The Conrad Sangma government has been accused of not following up on Rymbai-Bataw-Borkhat-Sonapur Road project with the DONER Ministry leading to delay in approval of the project even after eight months of submission of detailed project report for the same.
In this regard, a delegation from the area led by Kynjaimon Amse along with Riborlin Shylla, Emnusip Mynso and Dawanmon Pachiang met Governor Tathagatha Roy here yesterday seeking his intervention in the matter.
According to Amse, after several years of delay and after the intervention of the Meghalaya High Court, the proposal and detailed project report (DPR) has finally been made for the construction of the road by the North Eastern Council to the DONER Ministry at an estimate cost of Rs. 123 crore.
“The proposal has been sent to the DONER Ministry since April 2019, however till date the proposal is yet to be taken up for consideration by the DONER Ministry,” Amse said.
“We recently sent a letter to Union DONER Minister Jitendra Singh whereby we made our case for speedy consideration of the proposed road project for the benefit of the rural population and a copy of the letter was also sent to the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, including Shillong MP Vincent Pala, among others for their intervention on the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Amse has expressed strong dissatisfaction with what he termed as the ‘inaction’ of the Government of Meghalaya led by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and the local representatives in this matter of public importance.
Amse said that recently when they met Tynsong, he has given the assurance that the project will be approved soon.
“Till date the project is yet to be approved and this is simply because of the fact that our State leaders did not take up the matter actively with the DONER Ministry for speedy consideration,” he added.
Amse also said that if the chief minister and his deputy still failed to take up the matter seriously with the DONER Ministry, the villagers will have to go New Delhi themselves.
“It is worthy to state here the High Court of Meghalaya on its last order has sought a response from the Secretary, DONER Ministry on the status of the proposal. Despite the delay and hurdles, we are optimistic that the project will get the seal of approval soon,” he added.
Informing that they had apprised the Governor about the problems faced by the people because of the absence of proper road in the affected areas, Amse said, “We have strongly urged the Governor to intervene in this matter for speedy approval of the proposed project by taking the matter with the DoNER Ministry.”
He said that the Governor has assured them that he will take up the matter with the DONER Ministry.