Barik Shopping Mall issue: CM advocates for decongesting Shillong 

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​ Stating that the proposed development at Barik junction, where offices of the PWD (roads) is situated has to be seen in a larger picture, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that it is not just about having commercial property but it is about looking at the aspects of decongestion, parking space, logistics, beautification of the city, creating iconic structures.

CM Conrad Sangma. Pic Courtesy Twitter.

After convening a meeting with the delegation of headmen on Monday, the Chief Minister said “We are ensuring that there has to be some commercial aspect otherwise the viability of the project is not there.”

He said this was explained to the delegation while reiterating that the project is being done for the overall interest of Shillong city.

Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said “All the development work we are planning to do for Shillong city has got multiple objectives.”

The delegation was led by United Democratic Party (UDP) leaders.

UDP chief adviser and former deputy chief minister, Bindo M Lanong said that they have expressed the need that the PWD land at Barik junction should be utilized for solving the multiple problems faced by the public in Shillong.

He said it was also suggested if the premises of the Shillong civil hospital can be decongested by providing parking space to attendants and visitors.

“Since the area is surrounded by government offices, we have suggested the government to avoid creating more congestion by the construction of a shopping mall in that space…you can have a shopping mall elsewhere,” Lanong said.

He said the delegation has insisted that the PWD land can be used for other purposes like a public park​​.

Rangbah Shnong of Dorbar Shnong Nongrim Hills Bantylli Narry told media that they are very happy with the outcome of the meeting as Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma has assured to look into the issue of the ‘iconic’ building.​