Protests mar rail work in state

Shillong, Sep 16: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday admitted that the North-east Frontier Railway’s (NFR’s) survey work has been hindered owing to ground-level protests at different points of time.

Sangma was replying to a question raised by BJP’s Pynthorumkhrah MLA AL Hek during the question hour. Hek wanted to know whether it is true that the survey work by NFR was hindered as “I have information from a senior railway official”.


The question on railway line in the state was raised by Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem on the status of the project, among other updates.

To Syiem’s questions, Transport Minister Dasakhiatbha Lamare came up with vague answers on the status of the project but asserted that the state government is pursuing the matter. He also assured that NFR has not junked the project.

The chief minister took the matter forward by saying the government had multiple discussions with the Centre, which made it clear that the roject would progress once all stakeholders are on board.

Though a railway line between Byrnihat and Shillong has been proposed, no work, including survey, has been done owing to opposition from several quarters, Lamare said. The government has also not received NOC from the KHADC.

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