AITC demands blueprint to decongest city roads

Shillong, Sep 12: The opposition All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) on Monday demanded that the state government come up with a blueprint for resolving the traffic congestion in the city.

Participating in a short duration discussion on the degradation of roads, traffic management and non-compliance of transport laws in the state, AITC legislator from Mawsynram Himalaya M Shangpliang said the government should come up with a road map or a blueprint to decongest the city, particularly during the school and office hours.


“When we talk of traffic congestion in the city, it is madness particularly in the morning… All the roads coming to the city, if I may say the roads coming from Mawiong, from Upper Shillong or from Mawblei, it is really a concern, it is a concern not just of the MLAs. Therefore, I stand here today to voice the concern of the people of the state and particularly of the people of Shillong,” Shangpliang said.

When Transport Minister Dasakhiatbha Lamare stated in his reply that the matter related to traffic management is still pending in the court and it is sub-judice to discuss it, the Mawsynram MLA, however, said that it is no longer sub-judice since the High Court had already given its direction to the state government to submit a blueprint.

Lamare informed that the blueprint is under preparation. “September 23 will be the next hearing,” he said, adding, “We are preparing the blueprint and there are many solutions being given by concerned members…”

Earlier while moving the short duration discussion, opposition chief whip and Umroi legislator George B Lyngdoh said that the dilapidation of roads and the delay in repairing those have brought huge losses to the people.

“Their (people) travel time has been affected, the cost of travel has gone up. Vehicles like taxis, auto rickshaws are getting damaged frequently because of roads not repaired,” he said while urging the government to address the issue.

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