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Meghalaya to set up satellite township
iGovernment Bureau GUWAHATI, NOV 8 (AGENCIES):
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Meghalaya will soon have its first satellite township in order to tackle the growing population pressure on its scenic capital Shillong. The state government will invest Rs 1028. 30 crore for building infrastructure in the satellite township which will accommodate about two lakh people.
The township will cover an area of 2030 hectares in which the government intervention will be limited to provide the core services and the institutional requirements covering 500 hectares.
“The state government has already acquired 370 hectares of land and the process for acquiring 130 hectares was on. Out of the total estimated cost for infrastructure, the first phase will require an amount of Rs 540.30 crore in next five years,” Meghalaya Urban Affairs Minister Founder Strong Cajee said here recently. Shillong at present has an estimated three lakh population and official sources say number could be more as there is thousands of floating population staying in the state capital.
In order to provide better connectivity to the residents in the new township and the capital town of Shillong, the government is also planning an expressway. The expressway will require about Rs 206 crore.
“The expressway will go a long way in reducing the time and cost of commutation between the existing city and the township,” the Minister said.
Cajee moved New Delhi seeking financial and technical support for implementation of the two projects of satellite townships and the expressway.

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