SHILLONG, Jan 30: Come February 13 and citizens of Shillong, who have been growing accustomed to the chaotic traffic jams in the city, can breathe a sigh of relief as Shillong Bye – Pass will be opened for vehicular movement with the completion of Umkhen bridge.
Meghalaya Minister for Public Work Department(R), HDR Lyngdoh along with his team in presence of the local MLA, SW Rymbai inspected the Umkhen bridge and the Shillong Bye Pass on Monday.
Lyngdoh informed that from February 13 onwards all empty trucks plying through National Highway 44 will be diverted from lad Umroi through to be inaugurated Umkhen Bridge via Nartiang to 8 miles in Jaintia Hills.
The diversion of the empty trucks from the congested roads could also play a vital role helping the students who will be appearing for their exams in the coming months, unlike in the past few years where students sometimes arrived just 30 – 60 mins before the exams got over.
A major amount of traffic congestion is expected to ease in and around Shillong as 15,000- 17,000 trucks pass through the city daily and empty trucks plying on the city roads will be using the Lad Umroi to Jowai road once the bridge is open.
It is believed that the construction of the bridge and some stretches of land were major hurdles in the development of the almost three decade delayed Shillong Bye – Pass Road.
In regard to the bye pass, HDR Lyngdoh also expressed his happiness towards the progress of the work.
Last year, succumbing to the pressure from public and civil societies, government had announced to open the bye – pass while still being under construction to only allow empty trucks to ply. But this materialized as the engineers on site opposed this move and with monsoon the loosely held gravel on the under-construction road came apart.