The prefab structure for the entry-point at Umling in Ri Bhoi district will come up within two months, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma assured on Saturday.
As the Government’s decision to de-sanctioning the earlier proposal created hue and cry in the state, the Chief Minister clarified that it was because the cost and the time to make it would take about a year or more.
“With the interest of realizing the emergency of putting this up, especially during COVID- 19, we have de-sanctioned the old one and sanctioned the new prefab structure which should come up within 60 days. It is with the interest of actually coming up with the entry-exit points at a faster pace,” Sangma said.
The Government’s decision to de-sanction the administrative approval amounting to Rs 15,92,81,000 for construction of the entry-point at Umling as per a letter issued by the Under Secretary of the Tourism Department, T Lyngdoh to the Principal AG (Audit) CASS Section, Shillong on September 29 has angered people.
Earlier, alleging the government for taking a U-turn on the issue, the anti-influx groups comprising of the KSU, GSU, FKJGP, HNYF, AYWO, RBYF, and ADE have also demanded immediate explanation even as they warned of taking matters into their own hands.
Asked about the matter, the chief minister said the full story on the decision never came out even as he reiterates that the government is committed to address the concern related to the issue of influx.
“We are absolutely committed to implementing the entry point. Especially during these COVID times, if you look at the entire system we are following is that registration and testing is compulsory for anybody who is coming into (the state). So we are technically following that even though the entry-exit point is not ready yet but in Byrnihat we are already doing that and now the Umling gate which will come up in 60 days, this will help us to ensure we can do this in a better manner and the government is very much committed to this,” he stated. EOM