Centre aims to link the capitals of all the states of the Northeast by rail, road and airways before 2023-24. This was informed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to Meghalaya capital Shillong on Saturday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects in Shillong which includes a cryogenic oxygen plant and paediatric ward at Umsawli and inauguration of the Inter-State Bus Terminal at Mawiong.
Inaugurating the ISBT, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “It is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to connect all Northeast State capitals by road, rail and air by 2024. The inauguration of the ISBT in Meghalaya will go a long way in fructifying the vision of our Prime Minister”.
The construction of the State’s prestigious infrastructure ISBT has been funded by the Ministry of DoNER, Government of India and was built at an estimated cost of about 48.31 cr.
He said that the new ISBT in Shillong will accelerate economic activities, and facilitate better connectivity for passenger and goods vehicles.
“Shillong being the capital of erstwhile undivided Assam, it is natural and befitting that Shillong be connected with the other seven North Eastern States. This will help the economy and progress of Meghalaya and other Northeast states,” he said.
He said that good connectivity is essential to the region as a whole for its development, security and to bring back its old glory.
“IT connectivity is very crucial for development and progress and the Government of India has laid emphasis to ensure that IT enabled services reach every corner in the country, so that people can reap its benefit from the comfort of their homes,” the Union Minister added.
Further, he said “..the Meghalaya government has completed 67 projects costing about Rs 700 crore with central assistance and 38 more projects worth Rs 800 crore are in progress.”
Amit Shah also said that Centre has given Rs 650 crore for various types of jackfruit mission, mushroom mission, silk and milk missions and fisheries.
He said that the work that the North Eastern Council has done here with a vision, the entire North Eastern region will benefit from it.
He said that about six and a half lakh families of Meghalaya did not have bank accounts, but today every family here can open their own bank account under the Jan-Dhan Yojana.
Today there is not a single house in Meghalaya that does not have a toilet. Meghalaya also figures in the list of states with 100% ODF.
There are 3.39 lakh households in Meghalaya where tap water is not available.
He said that we have set a target that all these households will be provided with drinking water at their homes.
The Union Home Minister said that 39 Eklavya Residential Model Schools have been started in Meghalaya.
On this occasion, the Minister of DoNER, G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for DoNER, B.L. Verma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma and senior officials of Central and State Governments were also present.