SHILLONG, Nov 25: The Association of Meghalaya Traders and Transporters has written to Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma urging him to recall the Meghalaya State Policy for Weighbridges, 2018.
Calling the policy as “errant”, Enrico D Pasi president of the association said that by recalling the policy it will promote stress free highways with fewer check station for cheaper cost of transportation of goods across Meghalaya.
“The Government should go for a solution which will be long term and refrain from reverting back to the old days of rampant checking and extortion in the Highway. The Integrated Check Post (ICP) being the government establishment should not be run by private parties. The government should either buy land for that purpose or take private land on long term lease basis for setting up of ICP,” Pasi added.
According to the Association of Meghalaya Traders and Transporters, the State government’s Integrated Checkgate Policy of 2010 which was framed by keeping in mind the public interest to stop illegal extortion and ban stand alone weighbridges all over the state of Meghalaya.
The Supreme Court has upheld the Policy and set aside the effort by the private weighbridge operators to get their weighbridges renewed.
The Judgment and Order passed by the Supreme Court also carries directions on how to set up Integrated Checkposts in Meghalaya.
“Surprisingly, the present government has instead came up with a new Meghalaya state policy for weighbridges, 2018 which runs contrary to the direction of the supreme court and is nothing but a mean for reversal of the situation to the back old days of prevalent highway extortion once there are multiple check station along the highway,” the association said in its letter to Conrad.