10 major World Bank funded road projects to be completed next year

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In a major boost to the road infrastructure in the state, Meghalaya Government has set one year target to complete ten major road projects in the state. The projects were sanctioned at Rs. 554.67 crore under the Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project (MITP) by the World Bank in 2020.

Deputy Chief Minister in-charge PWD (Roads) Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday reviewed the implementation of the projects funded by Work Bank.

Informing about this, Tynsong said, “Till today we have 10 big projects important projects, five in Garo Hills and five this side. So I reviewed the progress of work and over all I would like to tell you, the progress is good and I am sure towards the end of 2022, we will be able to complete all the 10 big projects in the state.”

Of the ten Road projects, while five projects are allotted to Garo Hills, five are meant for Khasi Jaintia Hills with a total length of 262.4 kms. Apart from these, two bridges will also be made.

After the review meeting, Tynsong informed that the progress of work is satisfactory and they are targeting to complete the projects by December 2022.

“(We are targeting that) by December 2022, we will be able to complete all these projects,” he added.

“I had called our officers from the PWD and then from Planning department Dr Vijay Kumar, Commissioner secretary and Finance, who is also looking after the World Bank funding and I also called all the concern contractors. We discussed about the progress of work and even the challenges, the problems faced by different contractors whom we already entrusted for the implementation of these projects,” Tynsong informed.

Stating that the issues are mainly related to the environment and forest clearances, he said, “Therefore, next week I will again call for a meeting with the concerned department to speed up issuing the NOC or clearances and whatever that is required.”

“I will continue having a review meeting on the regular basis to make sure these projects are completed within stipulated time,” the Minister added.