Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister
Mukul Sangma discussed use of a German technology that could
help build low-cost, durable and eco-friendly roads in lesser
and explored tie-up with the firm during his recent visit to
Sangma, who attended a presentation by M/S Infrancrete
at Frankfurt in Germany, said on return today, "they use a
solution called infrancrete that is mixed with soil and some
other raw material available locally creating a strong base
for the road."
"To make the consolidation (base) of 1 km of the road,
it takes just one day. Moreover it is eco-friendly and no
burning process is involved", Sangma said on return from his
10-day trip to England, Netherlands and Germany.
He said while it takes two to three years to construct
a stretch of road now, "with this new technology, we can build
a 30 km road in 60-75 days."
Referring to the small working season in the region
due to monsoon, the chief minister said the government would
like to see optimum utilization of the brief working season.
"We are exploring options as to how to tie-up with the
firm. May be some public sector undertakings can tie-up with
the firm and then our own builders and apply the technology,"
In fact, Sangma informed, M/S Infrancrete has already
applied for the necessary approval of their technology from
the respective central government agencies.
The Chief Minister said the state government was also
looking forward for a tie-up with the Netherlands-based
Practical Training and Consultancy (PTC) for a training
programme for the horticulture farmers in the state.
"During our meeting with officials of various
agricultural boards in Netherlands, we also discussed
possibilities of providing quality and cost-effective planting
material to the farmers. Feasibility of establishing such
facilities in the state are being studied," Sangma said.
During the meetings with officials, NRIs, prospective
investors and other personalities from various fields in the
three European countries, the six-member delegation led by
Sangma also highlighted the potential that Meghalaya can offer
as investment and tourism destination.