SHILLONG | August 18, 2019:
The Meghalaya Government is looking forward to construct more bypasses to ease the traffic congestion especially while entering Shillong city.
“Most of the people have been victims to different kinds of traffic congestion especially while entering the city. Traffic congestion is one of the major problems for both the State Government and police department. The Government is looking at all options how to address the issue of traffic congestion,” Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said while addressing a function to inaugurate the Shillong-Mawlai Bypass yesterday.
Stressing on the need to construct more bypasses to ease the traffic congestion, Sangma said that he had recently gone for a ride of the road from Mawmaram, Mawmih, Union Christian College (UCC) upto North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA).
“I was amazed to see such beautiful roads which directly connects to Nongstoin. The people who wants to avoid the Shillong traffic can use this road till the time the Western Bypass comes up,” Sangma said.
According to him, one can witness the entire Umiam Lake from the hill top while plying through this road from Mawmaram.
“The DPR is being prepared for repairing of this road. Within very short time, we are expected to open this hill view road for the tourist. This road will also help to de-congest the city,” Meghalaya Chief Minister said.
Talking about the much-delayed Western Bypass road, Sangma said that the DPR for appointment of the consultant has already been floated. “We are hopeful to be able to start the construction of the Western Bypass at the earliest,” he said.
It may be mentioned that the preliminary survey of the Western bypass has been completed by the consultant of the project.
The two-laning with paved shoulder of Western Bypass of Shillong from km 0.000 (Km 60.900 of NH40) to km 42.405 (Km 87.850 of NH-40) which is a 42 kilometre project is supposed to be taken up at a cost of Rs 258.37 crores. The project is expected to ease traffic congestion in Shillong town
Earlier on Saturday, Meghalaya Chief Minister inaugurated the much awaited 8 km Shillong-Bypass. The inauguration of this road project is expected to ease the traffic congestion by 30 percent from Mawlai Mawiong till Garikhana point along the Guwahati-Shillong road. The total cost of the 8 km road project is Rs 27 crore.
“The inauguration of the Shillong By-pass is expected to reduce 30 percent in terms of deduction of traffic congestion. I know this is not enough since so many things need to be done. But I can say this is a very good beginning. Not only, the people of Shillong people who come from outside would benefit from this project. ” Meghalaya Chief Minister had stated.