Rs 700 crore will be invested in developing tourism in Meghalaya and a large chunk of this will be earmarked for the state’s most famous locale for visitors – Sohra.
Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member and local MDC Titosstarwell Chyne said this to reporters after leading a delegation of the Synjuk Ki Khlieh Nongsynshar Sohra Civil Sub-Division to meet Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today.
“The CM told us that there is an amount of Rs 700 crore that will be utilised only for developing tourism in the state and a maximum of this amount will be invested in Sohra for promoting tourism and roads in the area,” Chyne said.
He added that Sangma had also told the delegation that the planned heritage village in Sohra will be built, along with a bridge at Mawkdok viewpoint to connect to Swer village.
The delegation also urged Sangma, who holds the tourism portfolio, to invest in the rural road network, including in areas like Dainthlen, Mawsahew, Lailyngkot and Mawkma. The CM also informed that a new sanction has been made to renovate the road from Umtyngar to Sohra.
Sohra has been reeling under the absence of tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic but news of this major investment should come as some relief.
The meeting also discussed other issues relevant to the area, such as upgrading Sohra civil subdivision to a district and the set up of the National Institute of Technology’s permanent state campus.