Urban Affairs department to submit proposal on development of land at Them Iew Mawlong


Meghalaya News 24 exclusive

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Friday said the state government is waiting for the Urban Affairs department to submit its proposal related to the “development” of the land at Them Iew Mawlong.


“We are waiting for the Urban Affairs department. What is the plan and how do they want to go forward… (or) that place is to be converted into what,” Tynsong told Meghalaya News 24.


On October 29, the state government had taken over the land after a premium of Rs 2 crore was released to the Syiem of Mylliem.


The taking over of the land measuring 12,444.13 sqm was as per lease deed dated March 31, this year.

The exercise was carried out as per recommendation of the High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the state government for finding a feasible solution to relocate the Sweepers’ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong.


When asked, Tynsong, who is also chairman of the HLC said, “Maybe in the near future, Urban Affairs department will bring the proposal to the cabinet for taking necessary decision.”


In the meantime, the deputy chief minister informed that the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) is in the process of shifting its office from the board’s official quarters to new location to pave way for relocation of its employees from Sweepers’ Colony to these quarters.


“Now they are in the final stage of repairing (of the new temporary office building) and I think within this month, the shifting will take place,” he added.


He further informed once that is done, shifting of the board’s employees from the Sweepers’ Colony to the official quarters will start.


Tynsong however refused to comment on the decision of the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) to fight till death against government’s move to relocate the Sweepers’ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong


He however maintained that shifting of the residents will be done as per law.


“No presumption but I am telling you we have to strictly follow due process of law that we have to do, due process of law has to be followed,” he stated.