SHILLONG, Jan 2 � The World Bank will fund Rs 1,072 crore for road connectivity in rural areas of Meghalaya, according to Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma.
The implementation of the projects in the State is proposed to start from 2011. Altogether 567 habitations of the total 756 habitations eligible for road connectivity will be covered under the project which is expected to be completed within five years, Agatha Sangma said here last week.
She, however, cautioned that the State needs to gear up to implement the project.
�The institutional arrangement of the State need to be made efficient to handle the funds. While the State has no separate department to implement the PMGSY schemes, the PWD has a Cell that looks after it. But that Cell is not functional,� she said, after reviewing the implementation of the PMGSY schemes in the State.
She expressed the need for more engineers and skilled workforce to ensure that the projects are completed in time and with diligence.
�We just have four months of working period (dry season). We must ensure that the time is used properly and the right people and right technology engaged,� the Union Minister said.