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From Our Correspondent | SHILLONG, September 15, 2018

The NPP led Government in Meghalaya is expected to take a final call on the two railway projects in the state after deliberations with the political parties and stakeholders.

“We will take a decision on the two railway projects after deliberations with the political parties and stakeholders,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed after reviewing the current status of the railway projects in the State here on Friday.

It may be mentioned that the two railway projects which include the 21.5 km Tetelia-Byrnihat and 108 km Shillong-Byrnihat rail line. The two projects are yet to take off due to opposition from the groups who are against the introduction of railways in Khasi and Jaintia Hills region.

The chief minister informed that the government would soon hold a discussion with cabinet ministers and different political parties on the issue adding that they would hold deliberations with the stakeholders before taking a call to move forward with the two projects.

Meanwhile, Conrad said that the Centre have sanctioned nearly Rs 8,000 crore for the infrastructural development including the two projects in the state.

According to him, the Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal had expressed concern over the delay of the two projects. “As of now, the construction of the two projects has been stopped,” Conrad said.

Conrad however said that the railway line is an important infrastructure development which can change the economic scenario of the state.

“The coming of the railways will help to change the economic scenario in our state,” he said.

The chief minister however said that the local people and NGOs have expressed their concerns on the introduction of railways adding that it is the duty of the government ensure that local sentiments are also not hurt and also to ensure that things move forward.

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