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SHILLONG | August 17, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has again raised the issue on the need to introduce railways till Shillong.

This is not the first time that Meghalaya Chief Minister had spoken in favour of bringing railway line since he felt that it can change the economic scenario of the state.

“We can think of introducing at least goods train to Shillong,” Sangma told reporters here today.

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Meghalaya Chief Minister however maintained that the State would not go ahead with the idea of bringing freight ttrains to the State capital unless the concerns of the NGOs relating to influx is addressed in a practical manner.

“It is the duty of the government to ensure that the sentiments of the local people are being looked into,” he added.

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It may be mentioned that several NGOs had opposed the introduction of railways in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region due to the fear that it would bring large scale influx.

The Centre had sanctioned the two railway projects for the State which include the 21.5 km Tetelia-Byrnihat and 108 km Shillong-Byrnihat rail line.

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But till date, 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.

Earlier, Meghalaya Chief Minister had informed that the Centre had sanctioned nearly Rs 8,000 crore for the infrastructural development including the two railway projects in the state.

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