Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma has strongly supported the inter-linking of rivers by the centre. This was stated by him when he called on Union Minister for Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti here today. The Union Minister discussed various issues related to her Ministry with Shri Sangma. Sushri Bharti showed keen interest in the various river projects of Meghalaya and assured all necessary help to the State from her Ministry. She stated that her Ministry accords top priority to the development of North- East and specially the State of Meghalaya. The Minister said that she will hold the next meeting of Bharmputra Board at Shillong. Sushri Bharti stressed the need for a detailed water mapping of North East.
The Meghalaya CM sought centre’s help in de-silting of rivers in his State and suggested that soil taken out after de-silting can be used for construction of embankments. Shri Sangma suggested that a pilot project on this can be started in his State. Shri Sangma said that he plans to develop his state as a major water sports and tourist destination and sought centre’s help in development of state water bodies. The Chief Minister was of the opinion that somehow Bharmputra Board could not deliver desired benefits and needs complete over haul. Sushri Bharti requested the Chief Minister to send a comprehensive river development proposal from his State.