Shillong, Oct 3: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today clarified that the government is committed to the construction of an entry point at Umling, Ri-Bhoi District to check the influx of ‘outsiders’ entering the state.
Reacting to the Shillong Mail report regarding de-sanctioning of the project, the Chief Minister said that the government withdrew one sanction because another sanction was approved.
“The reason the old sanction was de-sanctioned was because the time to construct the gate would take about a year to a year half,” said Sangma after the meeting with Dy CM Prestone Tynsong, Health minister A.L Hek, Sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, C&RD minister Hamlet Dohling, Excise minister Kyrmen Shylla and newly inducted minister Dasakhiat Lamare on Saturday.
“With the interest of the emergency of putting this up especially in COVID times, we have sanctioned a new prefab structure which will come up in 60 days’ time. So it is in the interest of actually coming up with an entry at a faster pace that this has been done,” he said.
Sangma added that the Tourism Department will give a clarification on the matter.
Reiterating that the government was committed to building an entry/exit point, he said, “During COVID times, registration is compulsory for anybody who is coming in, testing is compulsory for anybody who is coming in, so we are technically following that even though the entry/exit point is not ready yet.”