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Shillong | Nov 02, 2018: 

The Meghalaya Government has decided to re-design the New Shillong Water Supply Scheme (NSWSS) after the project hit major road block due to the decision of the Centre to discontinue the Special Plan Assistance (SPA) which is provided to the Special Category States for funding of projects.

“We are left with no option but to redesign the project following the discontinuation of the SPA by the Centre. The Planning Commission had earlier approved a total amount of Rs 321 crore for the New Shillong Water Supply Scheme (NSWSS),” Meghalaya PHE Minister, Samlin Malngiang told media person here today.

According to Malngiang, the State Government does not have the financial resources to go ahead with the implementation of the water supply scheme for the New Shillong Township (NST) which was conceptualized in 2016.

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“We are planning to bring down the cost of the project to around Rs 100 crore. We will try to implement the project in a phase manner. We will start allocating funds for the project from the next fiscal year,” he said adding that the Government will set the target to complete the project within 4 years.

Meanwhile, Malngiang said that the present Government will also try to complete the much delayed Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme (GSWSS) Phase III within 2020.

“The earlier deadline to complete the project was this coming March 2019. But it is impossible to complete within the deadline since major component of the work for the project is yet to be completed,” he said.

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The PHE informed that the department is trying to resolve the problem of getting NOC for laying of the pipes through the Defence Land and also through the private land.

“Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had assured that he will personally speak to the Air Officer Commanding of the Eastern Air Command to give Government the NOC for laying of the major pipelines for the project,” he said.

According to him, the PWD and Forest department have agreed to part their land for laying of the pipes.

“We will direct the contractors to speed up the implementation of the project once we have the NOC from the Eastern Air Command and the private land owners,” he added.

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