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Meghalaya CM emphasizes need for link to Chittagong port

  • Published at 11:31 am September 10th, 2018
Meghalaya's Chief Minister (CM) Conrad Sangma
Chief Minister (CM) of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma File Photo

He believes the union will facilitate an economic boom for Meghalaya

Meghalaya's Chief Minister (CM) Conrad Sangma has restated his stance in support of connecting the Chittagong port in Bangladesh to border areas in Meghalaya. 

He believes the union will facilitate an economic boom for Meghalaya—as well as Northeast India in general.

The chief minister stated  this while addressing the convocation of the University of Science and Technology (USTM), on Saturday, in Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi district.

Conrad Sangma asserted: “I have always been advocating the linking of Chittagong port directly from Guwahati via Shillong, Dawki, and Sylhet—which would be hardly 700 km compared to 1500 km going down to Kolkata. 

“Connecting Mahendraganj to Hili in West Bengal also saves more than 700 km and opens up three to four corridors,” added the chief minister.

Mahendraganj is located on the apex of Meghalaya.

Mentioning the Act East policy propounded by India's Central Government, Conrad Sangma said immense potential of Northeast India is yet to be utilized.