SHILLONG, Oct 2: In a blow to pressure groups in Meghalaya demanding entry/exit points to check unabated influx of outsiders into the State, the government has de-sanctioned the administrative approval for construction of the facilitation centre (entry point) at Umling, Ri-Bhoi district.
In a letter to the Principal AG (Audit), CASS, Section Shillong, T. Lyngdoh, Under Secretary to the state government, Tourism department stated that in compliance with the decision of the Empowered Sanctioning Committee contained in the minutes of the meeting held on September 23, the previous administrative approval amounting to Rs. 15, 92, 81, 000, for construction of Facilitation Centre (entry point) at Umling, Ri-Bhoi has been cancelled.
It may be mentioned that the amount was sanctioned on March 13, this year.
According to sources, the contractor Kitbok Warbah of the project has already spent more than Rs four crore from his own pocket in the absence of any sanction from the government.
It may be mentioned that land development work at Umling, Ri-Bhoi began on May 1, 2019.
The setting up of entry/exit points under the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016 demanded by some pressure groups are part of the comprehensive mechanisms to check influx into the state.
There are around 41 locations for setting up of entry/exit points.
Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had exuded confidence that the setting up of the entry and exit points in different parts of the state would up the confidence of the NGOs and public about their concerns of influx.