The over hundred kilometers Mawphlang – Ranikor road is one among the 60,000 detailed project reports (DPRs), which have been cancelled by the Centre.
This was informed by cabinet minister and Mawkyrwat legislator Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar on Thursday after his recent meeting with the Secretary of the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to the national capital.
“The PMO has asked to withdraw all 60,000 DPRs on roads which have not been declared as national highways (NH). Unfortunately, this important stretch from Mawphlang to Ranikor via Mawkyrwat is one of them,” Tongkhar told reporters.
He informed that the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) have been asked to immediately stop the work adding “payment can be made but no further progress is allowed”.
The road was constructed by the erstwhile government of Assam way back in 1965.
It is an important road which not only connect the state capital with the new district of South West Khasi Hills but it is also the only road where the people of four constituencies – Mawphlang, Mawsynram, Mawkyrwat and Ranikor have to pass everyday when they come to Shillong.
The road also links the state capital with the international border with neighbouring Bangladesh.
Tongkhar said that he had gone to Delhi to know the reason for the sudden cancellation of the road project, which people are eagerly waiting to get.
The minister added that he tried to argue with the secretary of the ministry on the importance of this road.
“…because we have got good roads from Shillong upto Mawphlang but from Mawphlang to Ranikor to Mawkyrwat, we have small narrow road whereas from Ranikor to Rongra to Baghmara, national highway road construction is going on in full swing. So I told the ministry that it is a missing link as in between we have no good road,” he said.
“It is more important to have the road in the front first but it is very difficult to understand why it has become like that – the road construction is going on that side whereas this side covers five constituencies we don’t have good roads,” he added.
Tongkhar said he tried to convince the ministry to include the road in the list to be declared as NH adding “it may take some time as it is not an easy task to do it”.
Asked, the minister said that he would take up with the Chief Minister to fund for construction of the road from other sources.
On the other hand, Tongkhar said people of the area should know that this particular road is yet to be declared as NH.