SHILLONG: Lok Sabha MP from Shillong, Vincent H Pala, in concert with MPs from Assam, Mizoram, and Tripura, has raised concerns over the rapidly deteriorating condition of National Highway 6 (NH 6).
In a joint letter to Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, the MPs highlighted the dilapidated state of the highway, highlighting the significant inconvenience and looming safety threats it poses to commuters.
The correspondence vividly details the myriad challenges faced by the users of this vital roadway. These include treacherous potholes, damaged sections of the highway, and a glaring absence of appropriate road markings and signage.
“The deteriorating condition of NH-6 has been a matter of grave concern for the residents and commuters in these areas. Despite having a vital lifeline connecting these states, the road has not seen substantial repair or maintenance in the past year, leading to a cascade of problems, including increased travel time, accidents, and disruptions in the transportation of essential good,” the letter read.
Furthermore, the MPs also highlighted the exponential growth in vehicular traffic on NH 6. Their proposed solution to this escalating issue is the widening of the highway to six lanes. This expansion is not only expected to ensure a smooth traffic flow but also to foster economic growth and better connectivity across the region.
In their collective voice, the elected representatives have highlighted the urgency of the matter and fervently appealed to the Centre for immediate intervention.
“We understand that we have a significant responsibility to oversee the development and maintenance of India’s road network, and we believe that the repair and expansion of NH-6 is of paramount importance to our states. We kindly request your immediate attention to this matter and look forward for your swift action in this regard,” added the letter.