TURA, March 27: According to Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, the electricity and water woes of the Garo Hills region would continue.
He said this during the felicitation programme for him and his cabinet colleagues organized by the ruling Congress party in Tura on Monday.
According to Dr Sangma, the infrastructure of the Nongalbibra-Nongstoin line is so dilapidated that the power failures would be a regular feature. Stating that overhauling the whole grid would be out of question due to the fact that the Garo Hills region would be without power for three whole months if such a move was thought of, he hoped that the Nongalbibra - Agia line would be functional soon as the litigation was in Court and a settlement in the air.
The CM also advised his colleagues to keep away from making promises that they could not keep.
He spoke of the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion Programme (IBDLP) and said that it had the potential to transform the state of Meghalaya to becoming the most progressive state in the country. Dr Sangma contented that the programme was being looked at from the Central Level as well and may be implemented all over the country after its implementation in the state.
He further stated that his government was ‘running before walking’ due to the fact that they were already very far behind when compared to other states and they would do anything to ensure that the people’s mandate was not wasted and the state of Meghalaya was transformed.
He also took a dig at politicians and said that progress could only come through a collective effort and not through picking on each other.
Dr Sangma said that the ongoing project had been delayed by the previous governments and thus the situation had come to be the way it is now.
The CM said that the ongoing hydel power project in Ganol, which potentially would take care of the power situation within the region, had been delayed by the previous governments, who had immediately revoked the idea, after he suggested it during Dr DD Lapang’s reign in 2007.
“The next NCP led government scrapped the project immediately after. Redoing the same project had taken a long and the MeCL would be able to complete the project in the next three and half years,” he stated.
He also expressed this worries about the depleting forests which were also responsible for the depleting ground water resources.