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Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, in the presence of Deputy Speaker, Timothy D Shira, laid the foundation for the construction of a bridge over river Damring at Resubelpara, North Garo Hills District, on Monday.
Bajengdoba MLA Pongseng Marak and MDCs Sukaram A Sangma and Dolly Sangma was also present at the function.
With a total length of 1799.469 metres (bridge and approach road included), the bridge will connect two crucial roads- Songsak- Mendipathar and Rongrong- Resudekachang separated by the river Damring.
While addressing the people, CM Conrad stated, “The completion of the bridge will benefit a population of four thousand, mostly comprising villagers who require the bridge for transportation of daily needs and many agricultural products, this will reduce the travelling time and will ease the problems of the villagers who use bamboo footbridges to cross to the opposite side.”
The bridge will be built at ₹ 23.59 crore funded under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of the World Bank and is likely to reduce the detouring for traffic between Songsak- Mendipathar and Rongrong- Resudekachang by about 19 km.
People of Thapa Darenchi, Thapa Agitchak, and other villages are likely to benefit from the bridge and escape the monsoon hardships.
“The completion of this project will uplift the economy of the people living in this area, also supplementing the economy of the State as royalty, taxes, etc,” CM Conrad added.
Deputy Speaker Timothy D Shira and other officials thanked the Chief Minister and expressed their satisfaction over the long-awaited Thapa bridge in Resubelpara.
In the same function, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma also laid the foundation for the new Resubelpara Government Higher Secondary School building funded for ₹ 2.5 crore.
(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)