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Alignment for Western By-Pass diverted from Umiam dam

HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Dec 1: The preliminary survey of the Western By-Pass has been diverted from the Umiam water reservoir.
This was informed by PWD Secretary, Paul R. Marwein who also said that the preliminary survey of the Western By-Pass started from Sumer.
Speaking to Highland Post today, Marwein said that the Western By-Pass is one of the priority projects of the State government which will ease traffic congestion in Shillong city.
He informed that initially the Western By-Pass survey took place from Umiam but after much discussion, it was thought that this would affect the reservoir.
He said that the preliminary survey started from Sumer towards Umbir, Mawlyndep and through the Mawmih slope and to the Sohiong By-Pass.
“This road has to go to the Sohiong By-Pass because of the ravine in Hynniew Mer, etc and as such it is not feasible,” he said.
Marwein said that the preliminary survey of the road has been completed and once the presentation of the project is presented and approved, the department will conduct the detailed survey and other work.
He however said that this project is also under the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and the State government is only facilitating the smooth functioning of the project.
It may be noted that the two-laning with paved shoulder of the Western By-Pass of Shillong from km 0.000 (Km 60.900 of NH40) to km 42.405 (Km 87.850 of NH-40) which is a 42 kilometre project is supposed to be taken up at a cost of Rs 258.37 crores.