Centre ready to help to find a permanent solution to decongest Shillong: Prestone

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Most parts of the capital city Shillong has been witnessing heavy traffic congestion ever since the unlocking begins. Deputy Chief Minister in-charge PWD (Road) Prestone Tynsong said that the Centre is ready to help the state come up with a permanent solution to decongest Shillong city.

“Recently we have met the union defence minister and discuss all these issues. Even the government of India is ready to rescue us…to meet a permanent solution as far as traffic issue is concerned in Shillong,” Tynsong said.

He was addressing at the laying of the foundation stone for construction including widening, metalling and blacktopping of link road from existing PWD road via Rilbong community hall upto Umshyrpi on Saturday.

The project was sanctioned at Rs 4.35 crore under the PWD general state scheme as per the recommendation made by the South Shillong legislator, Sanbor Shullai.

Tynsong said that a joint meeting would be held very soon with the Shillong Cantonment Board.

“We need to jointly come up with a solution because it so happens that quite a number of places where we need to have link roads sometimes falls under the cantonment board and defence land,” he added.

Stating that construction of link roads is the government’s top priority in as far as Shillong is concerned, the deputy chief minister informed that a bye-pass will be constructed inside the NEPA building that will go straight along the boundary of MES so that vehicles do not have to go via the petrol pump at Anjalee.

“Very soon we are getting a sanction so that the work can start immediately,” he said while informing that engineers of the department have also been asked to prepare a DPR for construction of a bridge to connect MES with Umpling whereby people can have the option of avoiding to go through Rynjah to NEIGRIHMS.

Asserting the need for everybody to work together and come up with a permanent solution to solve the traffic congestion in the city, Tynsong however said the real challenges faced by the government while implementing developmental programmes is the issue of land due to the peculiar land tenure system of the state.

“We are always at the mercy of the landowners. Out of 100 landowners, if one of them does not give land means the project is stalled, if it is stalled once we receive sanction if we cannot keep it any longer, we have to abandon it, it is so painful abandoning sanctioned project,” he said.

The deputy chief minister also lauded the local MLA for his hard works to bring development to the constituency.

Traffic is no longer a Shillong only issue; chronic traffic jam is a major problem in the state and it is something that everybody has experienced even in other cities and towns too.

Earlier in his speech, Shullai said the proposal to construct this link road was based on the request and suggestion of the people of the constituency in order to ease the traffic congestion.

According to him, once the link road is completed, it will to a great extent help in reducing the traffic congestion in the area.