By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 1, 2018:
As demands for the relocation of residents from Them Iew Mawlong (Punjabi Lane) grow louder, the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District, PS Dkhar on Friday assured that he would convey the matter to the government and leave it to the latter to take a call on the issue.
“I would convey this to the Government. It is the job of the Government to take a call on this,” Deputy Commissioner told media persons here on Friday.
Divulging the outcome of the meeting between the district administration and the headmen of all the localities of Shillong, Dkhar said the whole objective of convening the meeting was to deliberate on how to bring back normalcy here in the city.
During the deliberations, they have all given the assurances that from their part they would try their best to see that they can bring back normalcy in the respective areas.
“We would like to see that by tomorrow, we should be able to lift the curfew. We should be able to open the market so that normal life would come back as usual.
With the participation of the public representatives, stakeholders and community, we would be able to bring back normalcy to the city,” he added.
When asked about the suggestions made by the stakeholders to solve the problem, he said that majority was of the view that the Punjabi Line, being a slum area breeds trouble and many kinds of incidents like this had happened in the past.
“It would be good if the Government take a call on this,” he said adding with the relocation, the place could be opened for other purposes. “I assured them that I would convey this to the Government. Now I will leave to the Government to take a call on this issue,” reiterated the DC.
When apprised about the long pending demand of vacating the residents of Punjabi Line to another place, he said that his job is to convey the message to the Government on the aspirations of the people.
When asked if curfew is extended to other parts of the city, he said that right now there is no such decision of extending the curfew in other areas.
“But again it will depend on the situation. We are assessing the situation minute by minute,” he said.
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