NONGPOH | March 09, 2019:
The Meghalaya government on Saturday finalised the location for setting up of the much-awaited entry-exit point at Umling in Ri Bhoi district.
“After conducting an inspection, we have finalised this location for setting up of checking points and facilitation centre to curtail the entry of illegal immigrants to the state,” said Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma here today.
The Chief Minister along with Urban Affairs Minister, Hamlet Dohling, Transport Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar and Home Minister, James Sangma on Saturday conducted an inspection of the proposed land to construct the entry-exit point in Ri Bhoi district.
It was informed that the land, which belongs to the transport department, has been handed over for the construction of the facilitation centre/entry-exit point.
“The work will start by next month. As far as completion of the project is concerned, it is going to take some time as many things are involved but the basic infrastructure will be set up in a short period of time,” said Conrad.
The facilitation centre might take time to complete, however, the entry-exit point should not take a lot of time, said the CM.
The Chief Minister also informed that the state government have been looking for land to set up the entry-exit point in Ri Bhoi for the past few months and in the process, a land belonging to the Transport Department was identified for this purpose.
“This has been some kind of a practical proposition and the government has been able to save a lot of money in this regard. So this is a positive step,” said Conrad adding that the government has already gave a green signal to the PWD department to design the area.
Meanwhile, Urban Affairs Minister, Hamlet Dohling informed that the government is committed to see this project through and that it will keep a watchful eye on the progress of the work to ensure that it is completed on time.
“We will ensure that the work is completed at the earlier so that the problem of influx will be curtailed to a large extend,” said Dohling.
It may be mentioned that the state government has entrusted the Meghalaya Institute of Governance in carrying out social impact assessment (SIA) at 14 locations, including five in the Garo hills, for setting up of entry and exit points.