Building Bye Laws, 2021: Urban Affairs dept soon to convene meeting with ADCs


Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar has decided to soon convene a meeting with the three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) to resolve issues related to the new Meghalaya Building Bye Laws, 2021.


“I have told my officers to discuss the points they (ADCs) are raising so that we will discuss it in the meeting, which I will call within this month and take a decision,” Dhar told reporters


Last month, the UDA-led executive committee in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) had outrightly rejected the Meghalaya Building Bye Laws, 2021 for “encroaching” into the Sixth Schedule areas.


The Meghalaya Building Bye Laws, 2021 was published by the Urban Affairs department on March 9, this year.


When asked, the Urban Affairs Minister admitted that there may be some lapses in the new bye laws and assured to take up correction measures.


“Actually it is very clear (regarding the) jurisdiction of MUDA and the jurisdiction of the district council but yes maybe there are some lapses but we will correct it, there is no problem,” he said.


“We will also discuss it very nicely as government to government there should not be any issue and moreover modification is a continuous process for the government,” Dhar further assured.


Reacting to allegations, the Urban Affairs Minister said there is no question of the government betraying the people. “Because we are here for the people and the government never betrays the people, the government is always for the people,” he maintained.