Meghalaya will soon launch its water mission called ‘Meghalaya Water Mission’ to focus on all water-related issues in a comprehensive manner, this was informed by Governor Satyapal Malik during his republic day address.
Meghalaya on Tuesday joined the rest of the Nation in celebrating the 72nd Republic Day amid tight security arrangements. Governor Satyapal Malik unfurled the Tricolour Flag and inspected an impressive parade at the official function held at Polo, Shillong. The official programme in Shillong was also attended by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his cabinet colleagues.
In his address to the state and its people, Governor Malik said “Meghalaya already has a comprehensive ‘State Water Policy’ and will soon be launching the ‘Meghalaya Water Mission’ to focus on all water-related issues in a comprehensive manner.”
“The key to our future is sustainable management of our natural resources with water at the core. Despite being the rainiest place on the planet and having over 75% of forest cover, water scarcity remains an acute problem in the State,” the Governor added.
Informing that many of the programmes under the Restart Meghalaya Mission are being well implemented, Governor said that the Mission was launched as a concerted response to the economic slowdown caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.
“We made a commitment to spend Rs. 14,515 Cr on a range of developmental activities over the next three years,” he said adding the focus is toward improving infrastructure.
In the roads sector, Malik said, “The expansion and rehabilitation work has begun on some of the important major district roads with an investment of Rs. 386 Crore under the World Bank funded Integrated Transport Project. DPRs for another 600 Cr of roads and bridges for the same project are being prepared. In addition to these, the Government has already tendered six major roads worth Rs. 580 Cr under the State Schemes. The construction of about 2,561 kms of PMGSY roads, costing about Rs. 1,950 Crore is underway across the State and implementation is being closely monitored.”
He also spoke about Jal Jeevan Mission and other water supply schemes to provide adequate drinking water.
The Governor’s speech mentioned about the Power Sector, “The State Government has recently allowed the Meghalaya Power Distribution Company Limited to avail a loan of Rs. 1346 Cr to clear all outstanding liabilities to the different generation companies. This reform, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, will revive the MePDCL and improve the power distribution situation in the State.”
He mentioned about development and construction of sports infrastructure.
In the health infrastructure, a complete renovation of 659 health facilities in the state is being taken under the World Bank-funded ‘Meghalaya Health System Strengthening Project.’
The Government has earmarked an amount of Rs. 100 Cr for repair and upgradation of infrastructure at all the primary and secondary schools of the State has been approved.
The up-gradation and improvement of degree colleges at Baghmara, Sohra and Williamnagar have begun with an investment of Rs. 12 Crores each. Missions for the promotion of Lakadong turmeric, Jackfruit, Mushroom and Aromatic plants continue to be implemented.
The next set of achievements under the Restart Meghalaya Mission has been in the promotion of Entrepreneurship in the state.
In the Tourism sector, provide relief to the hotel industry, an amount of Rs 10 Cr has been sanctioned.
Meghalaya Right to Public Services Act has been enacted and the Auto-Renewal and Centralised Inspection System have been operationalized.