- CM Dr. Mukul Sangma inaugurates the suspension bridge.
- The bridge connects the Doromchas and Kodaldhowa villages.
- Bridge connects the locals to the nearest health centers and markets.
The first-ever motorable suspension bridge in the State, that has been constructed over Rongkhai river at Kodaldhowa under Zikzak C&RD block of South West Garo Hills, gets its inauguration by the Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma in the presence of local MLA & Chairperson, Meghalaya Resource & Employment Generation Council on Tuesday evening.
Brigde comes as the boon for locals
The bridge connects the villages Doromchas and Kodaldhowa, has been constructed at a total cost of Rs. 2.39 crore and is sponsored by Social Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF) 2012-2013, Union Ministry of DoNER under Border Areas Development Department. The anticipation of the officials is that the bridge will apparently benefit the people of at least 15 villages on the other side of Rongkhai river, who were poorly connected to the nearest places and had to take the long route to get to the nearest health centre or the nearest market. Huge crowd was gathered onto the spot along with Chief Executive Member, GHADC, Boston Marak, Vice Chairman, State Planning Board, A. Hussain Sarkar, MDC, Boldamgre, Stevie Marak, Deputy Commissioner, C.V.D. Diengdoh, Superintendent of Police B.W.Momin, with other local leaders and district officials to witness the inauguration. The Chief Minister expressed his happiness and dedicated the infrastructure to the people of the area. He also urged the people to take the ownership of the asset such that the care of the asset could be taken by the people with the Government’s aid. Although the bridge may be motorable, yet he cautioned the people not to drive the overloaded vehicles through it, to ensure its durability. Pointing to the visible signs of peace, progress and prosperity
The Chief Minister expressed his happiness and dedicated the infrastructure to the people of the area. He also urged the people to take the ownership of the asset such that the care of the asset could be taken by the people with the Government’s aid. Although the bridge may be motorable, yet he cautioned the people not to drive the overloaded vehicles through it, to ensure its durability. Chief Minister spoke about the prosperity, peace in the state, though there had been the times when it was challenging to maintain the same. Yet he marked the point strongly that there would never be any decline in the growth rate of the state.
Talking about the challenges of livelihood opportunities in the state, he said that with the development in the infrastructure sector, there was the need to create ample amount of opportunities for the youth, so that they wouldn’t have to be out of their homes to seek the opportunities outside. Few other delegates were present there who shared their thoughts with the people during the inaugural programme. The delegates that spoke with the people were local MLA Dikkanchi D. Shira, CEM, GHADC, Boston Marak, State Planning Board Vice Chairman A.Hussain Sarkar, Assistant Director, BAD, Tura, E.G.R. Marak, BADO, Kalaichar, S.A.Sangma and Gaonbura of Kodaldhowa, P.Phukan.