Sunday, July 30, 2023

Meghalaya: 20th annual conference of CPA begins with focus on regional connectivity in North East India

The 20th Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), India Region Zone III, commenced its first day of sessions today at the prestigious Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in Rilbong, Shillong.

The event witnessed the presence of revered delegates, including Om Birla, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha; Harivansh Narayan Singh, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha; Conrad K. Sangma, Chief Minister, Government of Meghalaya; Thomas A. Sangma, Hon’ble Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly; Pasang D. Sona, Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Chairman, CPA India Region Zone III, among others.

Esteemed delegates, convened to deliberate on crucial topics concerning the North East Region, with a primary focus on "Natural Disasters and strategies for management with special reference to North East Region" and "Regional connectivity to bring North-East Region at par with mainland India.

Conrad K. Sangma, contributed to the discussions on both topics.

“I have in the recently concluded G20 Summit on Nature Solves advocated for the setting up of a Centre for Climate Change in the State of Meghalaya. The centre can be a regional hub of excellence gathering climate data and designing strategies for the entire North Eastern Region.

“The Meghalaya Government is coordinating with the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Department of Space, Government of India, for an early warning alert system for cyclone, landslide, flood and lightning. The State Government has also decided to use Drone technology in disaster management and its mitigation. We are also building capacities, involving communities, and preparing for post-disaster recovery plan.

Meghalaya has been focusing on improving trade activities at the border areas. Road connectivity along the Dawki-Bholaganj Road and Tura-Dalu Road are also being improved. We also are establishing integrated check posts and border haats to promote economic activities. Through PMGSY over 4200 Kms of rural roads have been constructed across the state. Through PM- Gati Shakti we are already connecting key economic hubs in the state.Currently, 18 major road projects are being implemented to connect Meghalaya with other states. We are now taking steps to upgrade the Shillong Airport to accommodate bigger flights. We have additionally requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to declare the Shillong Airport as an International Airport. Under the Act East Policy, several projects, funded by the Ministry of External Affairs, have been undertaken to connect North-eastern states with neighboring countries like Myanmar & Bangladesh. This even includes the development of an economic corridor.”

29/07/2023 India TodayNE

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