Urban affairs Dept to submit proposal for utilization of land after relocation of Sweepers’ Colony

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Meghalaya News 24 Exclusive

Stating that, the Department will submit its proposal for proper utilization of the land after the process of relocating the Sweepers’ Colony is completed, Urban Affairs Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar told Meghalaya News 24 that the proposal of the department for beautification of the land at Them Iew Mawlong will not “harm” anyone.

“Let the process be completed, when everything is in order, when everything is in place, we will do it nicely in such a manner that we are not harming anyone,” he asserted.

His statement came after the state government had asked the urban affairs department to come up with a proposal for utilization of the land at Them Iew Mawlong.

This was after the state Cabinet had accepted the report and recommendations of the High Level Committee (HLC) headed by the Deputy CM.

On October 29, Meghalaya government had taken over the land at Them Iew Mawlong after paying Rs 2 crore premium to the Syiem of Hima Mylliem in its bid to relocate the Sweeper’s Colony.

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

The tripartite lease deed was signed between the government of Meghalaya, the Syiem of Mylliem and Shillong Municipal Board.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong had maintained that the provisions of the Meghalaya Public Premises (Eviction or Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1980 will be applicable against alleged “illegal settlers” once relocation of Sweepers’ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong takes place.

“The eviction act will apply once all the employees of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and other departments of the state government are shifted (from Them Iew Mawlong),” Tynsong had said.

“However, that will come at a later stage because as of now our main concern is to provide permanent quarters to all genuine employees of the SMB as well as the different departments of the state government,” he also added.