The North East MP’s Forum (NEMPF) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking support for a proposed project to connect Umtyra-Semasi-Nohkhara in East Jaiñtia Hills to Luban in Karbi Anglong, Assam, via a 40km road and bridge over the River Kupli.
“This project will provide a crucial link for the people of both states, promote business in the region and connect National Highways 6 and 127,” NEMPF secretary general and Shillong MP Vincent Pala said in a letter to the PM.
This route would help the people especially during the monsoon season when NH-6 in Sonapur is often cut off due to landslides.
The proposed road and bridge will help the people of Barak Valley, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland to travel smoothly during this period, Pala said. “In addition, it will provide easier access to transport minerals like coal, limestone and timber, thus improving business prospects for the tribal peoples in Meghalaya and Assam.”
Other benefits touted by the MP are a boost in tourism, increase in international trade with Bangladesh, growth in employment and the fostering of “brotherhood among different ethnic communities.”
The proposed road will also provide a shortcut of more than 130km for commuters, he added.
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