The State government has to shelve its idea of to construct a sky-walk from Khyndailad, Police Bazar to Barik Point but will raise parking lots.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters today that the project was in implementation mode. “But the government was warned that it would lead to huge traffic jams once the construction of the project starts,” he stated.
In March, the government had announced construction of a world-class skywalk at an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore aimed at facilitating pedestrian movement in the city.
Sangma said the government has decided to put the project on hold until other planned projects to de-congest the area comes up.
He said that some new parking lots in the nearby areas have been planned while the construction of a new parking lot near Wards Lake has already started, which is expected to be completed by January next year.
The Chief Minister said traffic jam is a huge challenge and while the government has taken several steps, he added, “The government wants to fix things by coming out with small solutions.”
He said once the parking lots have been constructed, vehicles parked along roads will be taken off to create waiting spaces for taxis and buses.
Meanwhile, he informed that to improve mobility 50 electric buses have been sanctioned to ferry government employees and that work for the administrative setup in the New Shillong Township will begin by April next year.