Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain today said Meghalaya government needs to tackle anti-railway protests and the Centre will go ahead with the construction of railway infrastructure in the State.
‘The government of Meghalaya should take interest (in tackling anti-railway protests). This is a local problem, so they have to tackle it and it is their duty,’ Gohain told reporters here on the sidelines of the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in the State. ‘We are very keen to bring railways upto Shillong, but for that we need support from the government and the public,’ he said.
Stating that the Centre will go ahead with the constructions of railways in the State, Gohain said, ‘We are trying to convince the people that it will not harm, but help them. They will get a direct link from here to the entire country.’
‘It will be more beneficial for the people of Meghalaya once rail comes to the state,’ the Minister said
Asked if the truckers lobby is behind the anti-railway protest in the state, Gohain didn’t rule out the possibility and said ‘The truckers association may be behind it.’