CM urges Presidents intervention on connectivity

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Shillong, Oct 23 (UNI) Meghalaya's proposal for setting up the world class University for music has been rejected due to lack of air and rail connectivity, Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today said.

He said lack of air and rail connectivity has deprived the state of substantial investment opportunities and infrastructural development.

''It is high time that the state has a good transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing economy,'' the Chief Minister said in a memorandum to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Pointing out that the state did not figure on the railway map of the country, Dr Roy said the long awaited linkages of the railway network of the border towns of the state through Dudhnoi-Mendipathar and the Azara-Byrnihat sections are still incomplete.

''We would request the Railway Minister to complete the important sections at the earliest,'' he said.

The Chief Minister also informed the visiting President about the proposed railway line along Meghalaya's western and southern borders of the state.

Apart from air and rail connectivity, Dr Roy also requested the President to make concerted efforts and arrange the necessary resources to upgrade the National Highways to the standards that prevail in the rest of the country.

''Expansion of exports and economic opportunity in the state is inhibited by the deficiencies in export and border infrastructures in the form of immigration and custom facilities, warehousing, godowns, phyto-sanitary facilities, truck terminals, parking and unloading bays, bridges and access and link roads,'' he said.

He further pointed out that the construction of a road all along the International border to connect important trade centers both in Bangladesh and India by short link roads would provide immense opportunities for trade and substantial economic development.

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