Meghalaya CM apologises for poor road condition

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Shillong, Oct 15 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang today apologised to the Assembly for the deplorable condition of the National Highway 40 from Guwahati to Shillong.

'' We are sorry for the inconvenience to all. The government is serious to complete the repair work shortly, '' Mr Lapang said after members from both sides of the House brought the issue of the poor road condition.

He said the repair work of the road from Jorabat to Shillong was delayed for the past three years as the National Highway Authority of India had plans to broaden the road to four lane.

Mr Lapang said the government had decided to speed up the repair work and the matter was taken up with National Highway Authority of India.

Earlier, raising point of order on the deplorable road condition, Meghalaya Democratic Party MLA Process T Sawkmie said, '' We should not be headless politicians as there is a lot of public resentment over the deplorable road condition. '' Supporting the views of Mr Sawkmie, Pynshai Manik Syiem (IND) urged the government to make clear its stand on the matter.

Opposition member Manas Chaudhuri (IND), who brought an adjournment motion in the House on this issue, said the NH-40 is land locked Meghalaya's lifeline.

'' The state is totally dependent on the National Highway and for more than three months, people have been facing hardship, '' he stated.

Mr Chaudhuri said the situation in Ri-Bhoi was tense following the decision of the RBYF to launch its own repair work coupled with the imposition of Section 144 Cr PC.

Yesterday, Ri-Bhoi District Deputy Commissioner S F Khongwir had imposed Section 144 Cr PC along the highway following the Ri-Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF) 's decision to repair the road on their own.

Union Ministers Sharad Pawar and Mr Jairam Ramesh and MPs Nirmala Deshpande and Dinesh Trivedi also slammed the state government for poor maintenance of the road.

Irked by the poor road condition, Mr Pawar even posed a direct question to Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang as ''What are you doing with NH 40? '' Mr Pawar asked Mr Lapang to take up the matter with the Centre at the earliest for getting fund to repair the dilapidated highway.

UNI

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