Facilitation centers in Umling and Mendipathar to be completed by year end

SHILLONG, Nov 12: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Thursday said that the work for the construction of the Facilitation Centre at the Umling, Ri-Bhoi has already started and is due to be completed by the end of this month.  

“Apart from Umling, the Facilitation Centre as Mendipathar Railway Station in North Garo Hills is expected to be completed by December, 2020,” the Chief Minister informed.  

Sangma was replying to a short duration discussion tabled by Congress MLA from Nongpoh, Mayralborn Syiem, on the final day of the autumn session of the Meghalaya Assembly.

The Chief Minister said that the government of Meghalaya has not stopped the construction of the Entry Point at Umling as per news reports.

“The State government is committed towards ensuring that the process of land acquisition and setting up of facilitation centres is done at the earliest at all the entry and exit points,” Sangma said even as he stated that altogether, 24 locations had been identified in the Phase I, out of a total of 41 for setting up of these entry and exit points, for which land acquisition process is at various stages of progress.

Sangma said that the State government is keen to ensure that the setting up of the facilitation centres is done at the earliest so that the mechanism of checking influx as envisaged in the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Act, 2016 is strengthened.

He informed that in West Khasi Hills the land acquisition process in respect of Entry and Exit Point at Athiabari in West Khasi Hills have been completed and land has been taken over by the Tourism Department.

In West Jaintia Hills, land has been identified in Khanduli and Saphai for setting up of Entry/Exit Points, East Jaintia Hills the Government has identified five locations for setting up of Entry/Exit points namely, Malidor, Ratacherra, Mooriap, Lakasein and Umkyrpong.

In West Garo Hills, four locations have been identified at Medhipara, Abhirampara, Phulbari Ghat and Singimari Trijunction.  

In South West Garo Hills, of the three locations identified, Mirjumla, Junjuni (Boldamgre) and Aidoba (Janggal) Road, the land acquistion process in respect of Junjuni has been completed and land has been handed over to the Tourism Department on  May 28.

In North Garo Hills, Seven locations namely, Dainadubi, Manikganj Mendipahar Railway Station, Mendipathar Bazar, Kaldang and Bajengdoba have been identifed in Phase I.

“The entry point at Bajendoba is the most important entry point for which land at Berubari has been identified by the Deputy Commissioner and the process of land acquistion for the same will be initiated,” Sangma informed.

The Chief Minister also said that for setting up of Entry/Exit Points at Dainadubi, a plot of land has been identified at Sarangma – Chima Apal, for which the Deputy Commissioner will be initiating the process of land acquisition.