SHILLONG, Nov 16 - The Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma, on Monday said that river Brahmaputra alone can solve the connectivity problem of the Northeast.
�The mighty river Brahmaputra in itself can be a game-changer in terms of connectivity for the Northeast, if its potential is utilised to the optimum,� Sangma said during inauguration of the two-day Northeast Connectivity Summit here. The summit included delegates from Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and from across the country.
The Chief Minister said that some of the waterways of the region were extensively used during the pre-Independence period for connectivity and trade and commerce. �However, after Independence, the waterways have hardly been used,� Sangma said.
Stating that the Meghalaya Government as well as other Northeastern States have continuously raised this issue of reopening the waterways with the Central Government, Sangma added, developing the waterways remains a top priority for the region.
On the business environment, vis-a-vis the law and order situation in Meghalaya, Sangma said, �The issue remains a concern, but the State Government together with the Centre is trying to address the problem. We are working hard in the western part (Garo Hills region) of the State.�
He added that the Centre is also negotiating with neighbouring countries so that ultras do not get safe haven there and due to such efforts the Bhutan operation occurred years back - which busted camps of the ULFA.