Sadanand Gowda visits Meghalaya to review development and railways projects, meets CM Dr Mukul Sangma
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Aug-2017
Shillong, August 28: Union Minister Sadanand Gowda went on a two-day visit to Shillong last week to review the progress of support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS) scheme. Gowda called on the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr Mukul Sangma to discuss comprehensively the issues related to the development projects of the state. 

 
 
While reviewing the implementation of construction of the new BG Railway Line from Byrnihat to Shillong, which was included in the Railway Budget 2010-11 as a National Project, the Minister said that Railways will create huge employment for the youth in Meghalaya. The Minister further said, besides employment generation tourism will also increase manifold. Gowda also expressed his concern over the delay in the progress of the project. While speaking with the press after the meeting the Minister said that the potential of railways for the development of the region is immense and every issue hampering the project should be resolved. 
 
While reviewing the status of the Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS) scheme, he informed that the objective of the SSS Scheme is to strengthen and improve the State Statistical Systems so that the states are able to bring out accurate, reliable and timely data for State and sub-state planning. The Minister also informed that his Ministry provides the requisite funds to the state government for creating suitable infrastructure for strengthening the State Statistical Systems and that the scheme will be implemented in the state of Meghalaya shortly. 
 
Gowda informed that there are six ongoing central sector infrastructure projects costing Rs 150 crore and above in Meghalaya. The total original cost of these six projects was Rs 7108.02 crore and the anticipated completion cost is Rs 9,025.00, implying a cost overrun of Rs 1,916.98 crore. The Minister urged the concerned officials to complete the projects in a time-bound manner. 
 
At last, he mentioned the purpose of his visit to the state conforms to the Prime Minister’s vision of Act East Policy. He said that the Central Government is committed for providing all kinds of assistance to the Northeastern states to ensure that the development projects in the region are completed within the time frame. He concluded by saying, “I hope that my visit to the state will help in speeding up the implementation of the development projects in Meghalaya”.