Central road

State to get over Rs 200-cr central road fund: Tynsong

SHILLONG, Feb 3: PWD (Roads) Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Thursday that the state will receive over Rs 200 crore as Central Road Fund (CRF) in the current financial year.
“I met several Union Ministers, including the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, in New Delhi. We have talked about CRF and I am sure we can get more than Rs 200 crore from CRF for this exercise,” Tynsong, also Deputy Chief Minister, told reporters on Thursday after returning from Delhi.
The state government had previously requested the ministry to release CRF funds and declare eight state highways as national highways.
They include Umtyngar-Sohra-Mawlong-Ichamati-Bholaganj road (76.5 km), Nidanpur-Tikrikilla-Medhipara-Rongsai-Bajengdoba-Resubelpara-Damra road (120 km), Umsning-Mawhati-Jagiroad (79 km ), Pasyih-Garampani road in Meghalaya to Haflong in Assam (48 km), Weiloi-Mawsynram-Balat-Ranikor road (75 km), Mairang-Nongkhlaw-Patharkhmah-Rani Godown road (80 km), Jowai-Nartiang road -Kdiap-Khanduli (60 km) and the Tura-Dalu-Chokpot-Sibbari road (63 km).
Meanwhile, the state government is trying to find an alternative route to bypass the Umiam Dam. Tynsong said the experts had done their drill at the dam and based on their advice load restrictions had been imposed.
“I have asked engineers to determine and explore if there is another way to bypass the dam. They are hard at work,” the minister said, adding that the government is also focusing on the western bypass. and that if the project comes to fruition, the load on the vehicles would decrease significantly.Currently, the government is working on the land acquisition process.
The statement comes at a time when major facilities such as Sonapur Bridge in East Jaintia Hills and Photkroh Bridge in South West Khasi Hills have suffered consecutive damage over the past few months.
The Sonapur Bridge, built by Border Roads Organisation, developed cracks and Tynsong said repair work had started. The damage is not huge and the National Highways Authority of India has assured that repair work will be completed within 45 days, he said.
The Dwar-Ksuid Bridge has also been damaged for over a year now. The work order for its reconstruction is expected to be issued soon and the bridge will be completed within a year. Currently, a temporary Bailey bridge at the site supports the weight of vehicles traveling along the Shillong Bypass.
PMGSY Implementation
Meghalaya is the best performing state in the North East when it comes to the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Tynsong said Union Rural Development Minister and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh recently reviewed the implementation of PMGSY in Meghalaya and commended the performance of the state.
Under Phases I and 2, Meghalaya’s target was to complete 1,300 kilometers of road and it has completed about 1,000 kilometers.
According to Tynsong, the state is now approaching Phase 3 and the goal is to upgrade 1,250 kilometers of existing roads by the end of the fiscal year.
“I have asked my secretary and my engineers to work day and night to ensure that the objective is achieved,” he added.