SHILLONG, Sept 15 - Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has stressed the importance of a rail network in the State. But railways will be introduced in the State with the consent of all stakeholders, he added.
Reviewing the stalled railway projects in the State on Friday, Sangma said that the Railways are important for the economy. �It is something we feel will change the economic scenario in our State and it is an important infrastructure which our State requires,� he added.
However, the Chief Minister maintained that all stakeholders must be brought on board before the railways are introduced. Railway projects are stalled in the State due to opposition.
�We will discuss all the concerns raised in this respect and take all stakeholders and political parties into account before we move forward with any important decision. Different concerns need to be addressed,� Sangma said.
Currently, two railway projects have been stalled � the 21.5-km Tetelia-Byrnihat line and the proposed line from Byrnihat to Shillong. Sangma reviewed these two projects with NFR officials here.
Sangma said that the Centre has earmarked Rs 8,000 crore to develop rail and road connectivity in the State.