Shillong: Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday inaugurated the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Mawiong on the outskirts of capital Shillong in the presence of DoNER minister G Kishan Reddy and Union minister of state for science and technology Dr Jitendra Singh and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, besides other state ministers and officials.

While addressing the gathering during the inauguration ceremony, the Union home minister said that the Central government will connect all the capitals of the Northeastern states with rail and air connectivity by 2023-2024.

Shah said that the ISBT will be a centre for economy, adding that the government has worked hard for the development of the state since 2014. It will lead Meghalaya and the other Northeastern states to path of development, he added.

Union home minister Amit Shah with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma (left) during the inauguration of the ISBT in Shillong on Saturday

The ISBT has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 48 crore and was funded by the North Eastern Council (NEC) under the DoNER ministry in the 90:10 pattern with the state government.

The ISBT in Shillong has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 48 crore

Earlier, Shah also laid the foundation stone for the North Eastern Space Application Centre’s (NESAC) multi-purpose convention centre-cum-space exhibition facility at Umiam located on the outskirts of Shillong.

A meeting of the NESAC society chaired by the Union home minister was also held in the presence of all the dignitaries.

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During the meeting, various presentations of different satellite-related monitoring of rivers, forests and others, which are done in the Northeastern states, were made.

CM Sangma said that space technology can play a crucial role in the Northeastern region’s development and empowerment and can be a great leveller in overcoming the challenges posed by the difficult terrains in the states.

Meanwhile, Shah also inaugurated the COVID-19 Step Down Hospital with Paediatric ICU and a 13-KL Liquid Medical Oxygen Plant at Umsawli in the new Shillong township.



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