- KHADC re-affirms stance on “controversial” two-lane project in West – South West Khasi Hills
- MLAs, MDCs and anti-uranium groups stand divided over the issue
- KHADC asks two groups to resolve the matter amongst themselves
The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has re-confirmed its stance on the “controversial” two-lane project — Nongstoin-Wahkaji-Mawthabah-Ranikor road project asserting that it will not issue any NOC to the proposed project.
“We are not going to issue an NOC for the road project since there is a division on the issue,” KHADC CEM HS Shylla told reporters after the meeting with the MLAs, MDCs and various social organisations here today.
While the MLAs and MDCs are in favour of the project, Shylla said that the various organisations were skeptical of the road project since they fear that it will facilitate uranium mining in the area.
This project suffered a setback two years back when various organisations had opposed the implementation of the project on the ground that government’s intention in constructing this road was to execute its pending plan to mine uranium in South West Khasi Hills district.
“The public representatives are of the view that the road project is require for the overall development of the area and also in the best interest of the people,” the KHADC CEM said.
The KHADC CEM said that the various organisations, on the other hand, are totally adamant over allowing the road project to take off.
“We have suggested the two groups to meet together in Mawkyrwat, Rangblang or Umdohlun and resolve the matter. However, they did not accept and it is up to the two groups to sort out the matter,” Shylla said.
According to the KHADC CEM, the State Government had asked the Council to issue NOC for the road project.
The KHADC CEM said that the organizations reminded the KHADC on the repair and renovation of the road worth Rs 25 crore as assured by former CEM PN Syiem.
It may be mentioned that the meeting was also attended by the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) of South West Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills, Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), Langrin Youth Welfare Association (LYWA).