Shillong (Meghalaya), Apr 21: The Ministry of Defence has decided to give 12.45 acres of land for development of Shillong-Dawki national highway.
The defence secretary,Ajay Kumar tweeted that the ministry has agreed to give 12.45 acres land at Rilbong in Village Shillong for up-gradation of NH 40.
The land has been has given for development of the Shillong – Tamabil section on NH -40.
After a feasibility study , the NHIDCL had requested the Ministry of Defence for 12.45 acres of land for up-gradation of the highway.
MoD agrees to give 12.45 acres (12 IAF 0.45) land in Ribong Village Shillong Meghalaya for upgradation of NH 40 from Shillong to Dawki meeting long standing requirement. @nhidcl to undertake the work. @SpokespersonMoD @adgpi @IAF_MCC @proshillong @MORTHIndia @DefenceMinIndia
The NH 40 road, even though well maintained is extremely narrow with sharp turns and blind corners which hinder the travel of all vehicles. The road project is under the scheme “North East Road Network Connectivity Project Phase IV” with loan assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It is meant to better the quality and connection of roads in the North Eastern Region, to strengthen the linkages of this region and to improve the economic situation of the region as a whole. Public purpose for this project as it stands; the road is an arterial road connecting not just villages in Meghalaya but India with Bangladesh .
The proposal for a new Dawki road (Dawki Re-alignment Road) starts at Pomshutia passes through Wahkdait and Umsyiem in East Khasi Hills District till it reaches the River Umngot.
From here a new Dawki Bridge has been proposed which is 300 metres upstream of the existing bridge and connects with Dawki village on the West Jaintia Hills District.
This Dawki Re-alignment road in West Jaintia Hills District starts from Dawki village, passes through Bakur village till it reaches Tamabil village where the Indo-Bangladesh Border begins.