Residents of Sweeper’s colony not cooperating with SMB

Shillong, June 26: Residents of Sweeper’s Colony at Them Ïew Mawlong did not cooperate with authorities on Tuesday who went there to conduct census of those staying there.

It may be mentioned that staffs of Shillong Municipal Board started its inventory survey.

Besides listing the houses, the SMB was supposed to take the head counts of the people residing in the area as part of the exercise.

The Shillong Municipal Board is conducting the inventory survey on the direction of the High Level Committee set up by the state government.

The purpose of the survey is to identify the legal and illegal settlers living in the Sweeper’s Colony.

Speaking to media persons after Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shillong Municipal Board, B. S. Sohliya said that as of now the residents of Sweeper’s Colony are not cooperating with the staffs who are conducting the inventory survey.

Sohliya informed that staffs of the board have not been able to make head counts of the people residing in the area since majority of the houses were locked.

“We are hoping to get the cooperation as this whole exercise moves forward,” the CEO said.

Sohliya informed that authorities are in constants talks with the leaders of the Sikh community to ensure that the exercise is carried smoothly.

It was also seen that during the inventory survey carried out by the staffs of Shillong Municipal Board women were seen protesting the whole exercise.

They are protesting the move of the state government to relocate them from the place.

Meanwhile, Sohliya also informed that on the first day of the survey carried out by the Shillong Municipal Board only done the listing of the houses could be done even as he said that it would take some time to complete the exercise.

The Shillong Municipal Board CEO also informed that a total number of six teams with three members each accompanied by two police personnel are involved in the inventory survey.

According to Sohliya, a total number of 128 employees of the board are residing in this area.

Meanwhile, later in the day, a two-member delegation of the National Human Rights Commission met the leaders of the Sikh community.

However, the details of the meeting were not divulged by the officials. One of the member told media persons said that they have visited this place as per the directive of the commission.

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