SHILLONG: Union minister of state for Railways, Rajen Gohain on Wednesday said that the Congress-led government in Meghalaya had not taken interest in expansion of the railway network to the hill state in reference to halted work on the railway project to connect Byrnihat in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.
Speaking to the media here on the sidelines of a programme, Gohain said the new non-Congress government which would be formed in Meghalaya next year after the election would take keen interest in developing railways in the state.
He asserted that the present government in Meghalaya did not understand the importance of railways in the state.
He said the railways besides providing better connectivity would create large scale employment opportunities, facilitate better tourists flow to the state.
It may be mentioned that the work on the railway project to connect Byrnihat in Meghalaya with Tetelia in Assam has been halted by the government following strong objection from the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU).