The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has issued no objection certificate (NOC) for the railway line for Tetelia-Byrnihat stretch.
This was stated in the reply of the deputy chief minister in-charge Transport Sniawbhalang Dhar to a starred question tabled in the Assembly on March 22.
“Yes, NOC from KHADC, Shillong have been acquired for the Tetelia-Byrnihat stretch,” Dhar said while adding that the Tetelia-Byrnihat stretch, compensation have been paid to the land owners.
He however said as far as the Byrnihat-Lailad to Shillong stretch is concerned, NOC is still awaited.
Dhar also informed that the railway line from Byrnihat-Lailad to Shillong has been exempted for Social Impact Assessment (SIA).
The minister however said that no actual work has been started in Ri Bhoi due to opposition by the NGOs.
According to him, the railway line from Dudhnoi to Mendipathar (18.87 km) is functional in the state.