In order to upgrade and improve the existing roads across Meghalaya, projects covering a road length of about 337 km at an amount of Rs 742 crore were taken up for construction under the Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project funded by the World Bank.
Delivering his budget speech on Wednesday, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said he has proposed to allocate Rs 110 crore in 2021-22 for this project.
In addition, Sangma informed that the state government had also sanctioned Rs 580 crore during 2020-21 to strengthen and upgrade the state roads.
Some of these projects include the Rongram-Phulbari road and the Mairang-Ranigodown-Azra road that are being built at an estimated cost of Rs 139 crore and Rs 196 crore respectively.
He said that some important roads like the Umtyngar-Sohra road at Rs 12 crore, Agia-Medhipara-Phulbari-Tura road at Rs 8 crore and the Mawphlang-Balat road at Rs 6 crore have been taken up for systematic maintenance.
The chief minister further informed that the government is also allocating Rs 20 crore each for construction of a helipad and establishing the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research at the New Shillong Township.