Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addresses the foundation stone laying ceremony of improvement/widening of Shillong-Dawki section of National Highway-40, in Shillong on October 04, 2021. (PIB)
Shillong: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on October 4, 2021, stressed the importance of better road connectivity in the North Eastern region to fully tap its tourism potential, ease the transport of goods, improve delivery of services and contribute to the overall development of the region.
The Vice President was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the improvement/widening project of the Shillong-Dawki section of the National Highway 40 in Shillong. VP Naidu is on a tour of the North-East.
The VP called for fast-tracking all the developmental activities in the North Eastern states, utilizing the funds provided by the Centre for various projects with transparency and accountability.
“If we can expedite all projects here- without delay or diversion, North Eastern states have the potential to become the growth engines of the country,” VP Naidu emphasized.
He stressed that “development of the country is incomplete without the development of North East”.
Expressing happiness that insurgency in the North East is coming down, the Vice President underlined that “peace is prerequisite for progress”.
He suggested utilizing the peaceful ecosystem for fast-tracking progress in the region.
Observing that the hilly terrain and the rainy months in the North East often hinder the road construction activities there, VP 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.
Referring to the complexities of road connectivity in the North-Eastern region, the Vice President also highlighted the importance of improving connectivity through air travel. Noting a marked improvement in air connectivity for the region under the Regional Connectivity Scheme, he called for more direct flights from and to the North East with the rest of the country.
Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Meghalaya; Conrad K. Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya; P. Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya; Ms. Rebecca Vanessa Suchiang, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Meghalaya and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari also participated through a recorded video message. (Press Release)