As many as 13 members of the Achik Holistic Awakening Movement (AHAM), an NGO formed by former chairman of the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Champion Sangma, were arrested for allegedly extorting money from non tribal traders in the coal belt areas of South Garo Hills.
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday accepted that there might have been few cases of illegal transportation and mining of coal but maintained that the state government is continuously monitoring mining and transportation adding that they have been able to reduce it to a considerable extent.
A day after a scuffle broke out between the residents of 15 villages under Riangdo block in West Khasi Hills and the Assam Police over the construction of a PMGSY road in Ranighat village under Rambrai-Jyrngam constituency, the local MLA, Kimfa S Marbaniang today informed that he will be meeting the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on September 16 to apprise him of the situation.
In a matter of pride for the state, the Hopewell Elias Secondary School, Shillong was crowned Champions of the U-17 Subroto Cup 2019 after defeating defending champions — Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protisthan at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi today.
A memorandum signed by various NGOs, organisations and locals residents was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Ampati, SWGH against exportation of stone boulders through different routes causing destruction to public property and people on Monday.
It stated that many overloaded vehicles exporting stone boulders towards state highway 12 and major district roads (MDR) via Bangladesh were destructing the road causing nuisance to the locals.
The State Highway 12 from Garobadha to Dalu via Ampati Zikzak and Mahendraganj road which is an immature road and is under-construction is being degraded due to heavy loaded vehicles plying through this road.
The memo stated that these vehicles are not only damaging the roads but also emit harmful Carbonmonoxide (CO) gas, which is polluting the environment and is also a violating NGT Act 2010.
There has been many cases of accidents reported leading to deaths of many due to “reckless” driving of those drivers.
They have demanded the authorities to keep a check on the vehicles and also to stop heavy loaded vehicles from plying through different routes of SWGH, so to prevent further damages to the dilapidated roads.