World Bank sanctions Rs 1100 Cr for development of road infrastructure in Meghalaya under MITP

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Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has informed that the World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1100 Cr for the Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project. The amount is sanctioned to improve and modernize the transportation sector in Meghalaya.
The project aims to help Meghalaya develop reliable, climate-resilient and safe roads which will help in the economic development of the state.
Funded under Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma laid the foundation for the upgradation and improvement of the parallel road to the existing Dalu-Baghmara road at Dalu, West Garo Hills.
While laying the foundation, the Chief Minister said an amount of Rs Rs. 43 crore has been sanctioned for this strategic 20.853 Km road at Dalu in West Garo Hills district which will be completed within 6 months from the start date.
Touching on the importance of the project, the Chief Minister said, “This road is crucial for international trade and commerce and will connect 2 districts- West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills Districts in Meghalaya. This will greatly impact the socio-economic development of the region, which is rich in agricultural and horticultural produce, which is being supplied across the State and other States by the villagers and farmers on foot. We also hope that through this project, the youth will be encouraged to become entrepreneurs in the agri and horti sector.”
It may be mentioned that the road starts from NH 217 at Dalu Chaipani, ending at Baghmara with a total length of 31 km (up to Sibbari) under Barengapara Division. This road runs along the International Border with Bangladesh and connects important villages like Chaipani and Baburambil in West Garo Hills and Jatrakona, Sempara, Lower Gasuapara, Angratuli, Khondok, Fakirkona, Dumnikura, Ramchenga, Kapasipara, Dipliparara and Sibbari in South Garo Hills. This road is also used by the BSF for their daily patrolling along the Indo-Bangla border. The export of coal to Bangladesh is done through Gasuapara Land Custom Station and coal depots are on the 11th and 13th Kms of this road.