Shillong, October 4, 2021(MMP) : Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu today laid the foundation for the 1600 crore Shillong –Dawki road project in Shillong.Speaking on the occasion Naidu stressed on the need to fastrack all the developmental activities in the region saying the North East region is dearer to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi
Naidu said that once these massive projects in the region and country are completed, India will join the league of top developed nations. He asked the local authorities to ensure that there is no delay in the completion of the road project. The president arrived in Shillong this morning, was received by Meghalaya Governor, Satya Pal Malik and Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma at Raj Bhawan.
The 64.21 kilometer road which will connect Shillong with Bangladesh is set to boost the trade and commerce between the two countries.The road will have four laning of 8.3 kilometers and 368 metre long bridge with a 105 metres height will also be constructed which is the highest in the North East.
Observing that the hilly terrain and the rainy months in the North East often hinder the road construction activities there, Shri Naidu called for an innovation in design and construction of roads for a hilly topography. “Technical institutions around the country must take this as an opportunity and bring out better road designs, while cutting down on the implementation period”, he suggested.
Naidu also underlined the significance of the improvement/widening of NH-40 to the tourism industry in the state. Describing Meghalaya as a beautiful state with enormous tourism potential, Naidu called for more concerted efforts from the Central and State governments to promote tourism and improve infrastructure for the tourists. At the same time, he cautioned that while promoting tourism, care must be taken to ensure that the pristine ecological system is not disturbed in any manner.
Referring to the importance of agro-entrepreneurship for states like Meghalaya, the Vice President noted that there was a large area under horticulture in the state and added that that there are immense opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to add value to the supply chain. In this regard, he appreciated the efforts of the Meghalaya government in starting the PRIME Hub initiative to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth and to equip them with skill-based learning.
Giving the instance of reputed products such as Lakadong turmeric and ginger powder from the state, Shri Naidu emphasized that there is a great opportunity to market and showcase our indigenous horticultural varieties to the world. He called upon the youth to innovate as agro-entrepreneurs and improve upon productivity, packaging, and handhold small farmers to ensure that their products get the right price in the marketplace.