Shillong| In what would fast-track the delayed Shillong-Tura road project in Meghalaya, land acquisition for the remaining 15 km stretch near Upper Shillong has been completed.
The road will be vital link connecting the state’s Khasi hills in the east to Garo hills in the west.
Land acquisition from Upper Shillong to Sohiong was earlier delayed due to various hurdles.
The East Khasi Hills administration said the exercise if finally over and around Rs 1.5 crore paid to land owners. The road is being handed over to the PWD now.
The 264.30 km Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura road project at the cost of Rs 1,494 crore started in February 2011 and was scheduled to be over by March 2014. The revised cost of the projected went up to Rs. 2023 crores.
The road will start from Upper Shillong and connect with Jengjal, around 30km from Tura, the headquarters of West Garo Hills district and the most important town of western Meghalaya.
However, a major portion of the road from Upper Shillong till Sohiong could not be taken up earlier due to delay in land acquisition.
Officials in the State’s PWD said 90 per cent work of the construction of the road has been completed.
“Only this portion (near Sohiong) was left and delayed due to unavoidable circumstances. Now that the land acquisition is complete, we hope to complete the project in the next two/ three months’ time,” they said.
The project is being implemented by Hyderabad-based M/S BSC-C &C (JV).
In absence of a proper road between Shillong and Tura, people of Meghalaya had been so far using the route via Guwahati in Assam, which is over 300 km.
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