In a major road infrastructure development, the two lane Shillong bypass from Umiam upto Ratacherra on the Assam border is set to be widened to a four-lane road. This will be done under the Centre’s Bharatmala project.
Deputy Chief Minister incharge of PWD Prestone Tynsong said, “We want to convert the road from Barapani (Umiam), where the four-lane has ended, up to the ending point of Meghalaya at Ratachera into four lanes.”
“The survey work is on for the project, this is being done under the Bharatmala Project,” Tyngsong said.
Further, the Deputy Chief Minister also informed that the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) has been entrusted with the work of improving the Shillong- Mawryngkneng road.
“The national highway from Shillong civil hospital point upto Mawryngkneng has been handed over to NHIDCL, so they are going to repair it, “he added.
Tynsong also told reporters that over 10 percent of the work for the improvement/widening project of the Shillong-Dawki section of the National Highway 40 in Shillong has been completed.
“The progress of the work more or less has crossed 10 percent, so the work is on, of course, but due to the rain, the work has been affected as the construction company couldn’t increase their pace of work,” he said.
Even as the PWD minister said, with the onset of winter, the work will progress, even as he mentioned that the alignment has been finalized.
Asked about the Kurkalang (Kseh) clan staging a protest against the construction of the four-lane project, claiming that some parts of the areas projected for the widening work belong to the clan since the pre-independence era, Tynsong said,”…the district collector is taking care of all these. We want to complete this project, especially the four lanes, at the earliest possible. ”
Talking about the need of this project, he said, “….the moment you cross umshyphi bridge towards 7 mile or upper Shillong side, its so unfortunate or the people coming here, the moment they reach 7 mile while coming down to Shillong it takes them one and half to two hours. So this is such an important road, such an important 4 lane project. I would request all concerned stakeholders to please work together with the government to make sure that the 4 lane construction is completed at the earliest. Once that is done, it will be a blessing for the entire state. “