Governor Phagu Chauhan has said the state government is preparing growth strategies for all sectors and mobilising investments to turn Meghalaya into a 10 billion dollar economy by 2028.
Addressing the gathering at Polo Ground on the occasion of 75th Republic Day, the governor said that this was in resonance with the Prime Minister’s vision of transforming India into a 5 trillion US dollar economy by 2025.
The Governor said infrastructure like roads, water supply, power and IT are going to be key drivers of growth in the State. He spoke about the government’s plan to build 1,600 km of new roads, upgradation of close to 6,000 km of existing roads and converting 7.5 km of timber bridges to permanent bridges over the next five years. “Unconnected habitations will also be connected with all-weather roads under the CM Rural Connectivity Program,” he said.
He also reiterated the commitment of the MDA government to resume talks with the government. “The Government is committed to bring lasting peace to the State and once again reiterates that it is open to having talks with the HNLC within Indian’s constitutional framework and as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” he said.
According to the Governor, during the last year the overall law and order situation in the state was peaceful.
“We made significant progress in resolving the border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam. Following the historic signing of a memorandum of understanding in March 2022 for six areas of difference, the process of survey has been initiated to demarcate the interstate boundary. The two Chief Ministers met again in May 2023 to initiate the process of resolving the dispute in the remaining six areas of difference. Regional Committees have been formed for these areas and they have conducted meetings with their Assam counterparts”, he said.