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CM lays base for biggest state funded New Shillong water supply project worth 1600 crores

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Shillong, March 11: The Meghalaya government has initiated one of its largest ever state funded projects- the New Shillong Water Supply Scheme worth Rs 1600 crores with Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma laying its base alongside two other projects for city roads and garbage disposal, making it the single biggest funding for a project in the history of the state.

These projects are among several others valued at over Rs 10000 announced by the chief minister for the development of the state.

The chief minister, on Monday, laid the foundation for three major projects namely the New Shillong Water Supply Scheme, land reclamation project at the Waster Processing and Disposal site at Marten Mawlai and the construction of Internal Roads within the New Shillong Township at Mawkhanu, Mawpdang.

Deputy Chief Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, PHE Minister Marcuise Marak and Health Minister Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh and Chief Secretary D.P Wahlang also graced the inaugural ceremony, which was held at Mawkhanu, Mawpdang.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, while laying the base said, “It is encouraging to see a positive response in the turnout of people and also the mobilisation for the celebration of a momentous program. These three initiatives that have been initiated today, brings the state a step closer to the larger vision that this Government has for the State.”

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The chief minister announced that the New Shillong Water Supply Project, amounting to Rs. 1600 Crore is one of the biggest ever State funded projects.

“The New Shillong Water Supply Scheme is one of the largest projects to be undertaken in the history of the State. The project has been allocated 1,600 Crores of rupees of which close to 500 Crores has been released for the first phase and is targeted for completion within 36 months,” said Conrad Sangma.

The New Shillong Water Supply Scheme will cater to the requirement of water supply for Shillong and New Shillong Township covering institutions, office establishments, and 32 villages/habitations with the current population of 29,889.

This initiative anticipates serving a growing population, with projections of 198,997 people by 2042, and an ultimate population of 413,701 people by the year 2057.

On the construction of internal roads within the new Shillong Township, the Chief Minister said that the roads are being developed for Mawkhanu at the cost of Rs. 185 Crores.

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He also informed of the ongoing several roads within the New Shillong Township to address the issue of connectivity, mentioning that roads worth Rs. 343 Crores are in progress in the new township, including Ummir to Mawkhanu and Kynoton to Lyngkien, Bellefonte to new township, Diengpasoh road to Shillong bypass, and Bribah Mawpat to new township.

In phase 2 of the roads, 16.6 Km roads with 15m width and 3.2 km of 2-lane roads with 7.5m width are proposed at a total cost of 185 crores. These roads are expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

On land reclamation project at the Waste Processing and Disposal Site at Marten, Mawlai, the Chief Minister said, “Waste that has been accumulating at the area is a concern for not just the residents in the area but for the people of the State. We will convert the legacy waste into products, which can be used or reused and recycled”.

He said that the project will be completed within 12 to 18 months. “The dump yard will be converted into something that the public could use and appreciate and the same model can be replicated in other towns of the State,” he added.

He also said that the Government has laid a roadmap to further the progress and development of the State to foster a positive change for the people. “MDA Government is working with a clear vision and a roadmap to foster the State to new heights within the next 10, 25 and even 50 years”, he stressed.

“Next four years will be a defining moment for the State and its people. The New Shillong township which includes the Knowledge City and the Administrative city has been allocated a budget of 10,000 Crores for development, which in turn will churn about 50,000 new job vacancies,” the Chief Minister added.

Informing on the ambitious vision of the central government on establishing eight new townships through the country, the Chief Minister said that Meghalaya’s New Shillong Township on consideration by the Government of India will receive an additional grant of Rs. 500 Crores.

He further informed that all interventions of the Government are linked with the ambitious vision of the State to achieve the target of 10 billion US dollar economy and increase the per capita income of the people.

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