Shillong, June 22: Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on Thursday inaugurated a bridge of 60 metre span under CRF Scheme over Umiam River linking Shillong via Mawlai with Nongpathaw area under Sohïong Constituency.
PWD (Roads) Minister, M.M. Danggo, Home Minister also in-charge of Transport and MLA of Sohïong, H.D.R Lyngdoh, officials and functionaries of the Public Works Department, Headman of Nongpathaw, Dr.K.D Ramsiej, representatives of Diengiei Area Dorbar, elders and youths of the area among others were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated a building and basketball Court of Nongpathaw Secondary School at a function held at the school premises.
Dedicating the assets to the people of the area in particular and the state in general, the Chief Minister said that it has always been an endeavour of the government to fulfill people’s aspirations, and emphasized that leaders must connect themselves with the needs of the people.
Appreciating the scenic beauty of Mawdun-Nongpathaw area, the Chief Minister said that a cluster of villages in the area has plenty of potential in tourism sector, with a capacity to be considered as tourist villages in the near future where every household has tourist products, which will in turn bring remunerative returns to the people through tourism.
He also urged upon all gathered at the function to preserve and enhance the vegetative cover of the area, thus partaking in the preservation of the flora and fauna of the state.
The Chief Minister also stressed need to adopt and practice organic farming, in line with the Mission Organic of the government, considering the fertility of the area, while assuring that the Government through concerned departments would help impart necessary training on making organic manure, which people can make in their own backyards thereby ensuring increased productivity.
“Farmers need to consider growing high value fruits like Kiwi, strawberry and others,” he said.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister called upon all gathered to enroll in PhaseIII of the MHIS, while claiming that the agenda of the government is to adopt a holistic approach towards utilizing the insurance scheme in the interest of the people across the state.