Shillong, December 16: After dedicating Tuirial Hydro Power Project to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road in Shillong today. Addressing the gathering PM Modi said that "he was glad "to have inaugurated 261 km long 2-Laning of Shillong-Nongstoin Section of NH 106 and Nongstoin- Rongjeng Section of NH 127-B. "This road will serve as an east-west corridor," he added.
While addressing the rally PM Modi said that "It will boost economic activity and establish a direct link between the important towns of the state- Shillong and Tura. Travel time will be significantly reduced. Across the North East the Union Government has sanctioned around four thousand km of National Highways, for an amount of over Rs 32,000 crore. You are aware of the attitude of the previous governments towards northeast. To avoid delay in policies around northeast, a northeast council had been constituted in 1972. But that was not taken seriously" Modi said.
"During my last visit to Meghalaya in May 2016 I had talked about promotion of tourism in the State. We want to make Meghalaya a top tourist destination. The Government of India has sanctioned around Rs 100 crore for development of tourist destinations in the State, he said."
“The Chief Minister of Meghalaya is a doctor but what is the state of the health sector in the state. Why are people not getting proper healthcare? The wave for change, which began with the Assam elections, is now reaching Meghalaya. This state can do wonders. 15 years of Congress rule has ruined Meghalaya," the PM added.
After Morarji Desai, if any Prime Minister took part in a meeting of North-eastern council, it was me. Last year, I inaugurated the north eastern council meeting in Shillong. Referring to "Transformation by Transportation", PM Modi said the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road will help reduce travel time, boost economic activity and establish a direct link between the cities of Shillong and Tura.
PM Modi also spoke about how he has instructed his ministers to interact with the people of the north east and at least one of them must visit the region every 15 days. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Mizoram and Meghalaya next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing public rallies and inaugurating a slew of development projects in the two northeastern states on Saturday.