TURA, Nov 29 � Meghalaya joined the rest of the country through the �flagging off� of the Mendipathar railway station by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, although it was done through video conferencing at Guwahati. Mendipathar town joined in the celebrations.
The Mendipathar station is situated about 100 kms from Tura. More than 3,000 people gathered at Mendipathar railway station to witness the historic event, which was graced by former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma and former Chief Minister and chairman Meghalaya Planning Board Salseng C Marak, Meghalaya Transport Minister HDR Lyngdoh, chief opposition whip James K Sangma, Meghalaya Chief Secretary Barkos Warjri, Divisional Railway Manager, NF Railways Rangiya Ratan Lal, among others.
PA Sangma observed that he felt Garo Hills was moving towards the future. He said, �When Modi raised the green flag, I felt like Garo Hills is moving forward for a better future�. The veteran politician from North East said, �In 1977, when I was first elected to the Parliament, my first demand was rail connectivity to Garo Hills. It is like a dream come true for me. I personally decided to be at Mendipathar to witness this red letter day�.
�The new route will boost the socio-economic transformation of Garo Hills. It will enhance trade, business and cultural ties of the region�, he added.