Meghalaya Government gives in to public fury

Meghalaya Government gives in to public fury

SHILLONG: Bogged down by pressure, the state government on Thursday has agreed to address the problems attached with the implementation of the Meghalaya Building Bye Laws 2011 in Shillong Master Plan Areas even as keeping under abeyance its decision to completely withdraw the notification passed in the month of June.

The decision was taken after HSPDP leader Ardent Basaiawmoit met Home Minister Roshan Warjri and Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh to discuss on the demands put forth by Basaiawmoit which included the withdrawal of the notification for some time before making it applicable to areas falling outside the jurisdiction of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) as the same requires more time for publicity besides others.

The government has agreed to conduct awareness programme under the urban affairs department in Shillong Master Plan Areas outside the municipal jurisdiction. It has also decided not to insist upon submission of registered documents while submitting the proposal for building permission.

For construction of building in an area of 75 sq.m and below, building fee is exempted; no building permission is required for construction of thatched houses, site plan for construction of building less than 50 sq.m area will be prepared by MUDA, free of cost.

Special teams will be set up to expedite issue of occupancy certificate for the completed buildings, the department will also take up the matter with PHE and MeECL regarding issue of water supply and electricity connections to low income group buildings.

The department has also decided to further examine the proposal and put up the matter before the chief minister at the earliest.

The final decision is however awaiting the nod of the chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma, who is presently in Garo Hills.

Not fully contended with the outcome of the meeting, the HSPDP legislator said "Since the chief minister is not in station, we have not been able to push the demand to withdraw the notification and we have to be reasonable enough to understand that such a decision needs the presence of the chief minister so that his cabinet can come up with a resolution."

"We feel that the first and the foremost thing to do is to remove these difficulties first and later we will again sit and discuss if the implementation of the MUDA bye laws does not affect the people, then the government can go ahead with its plan because as far as safety and security of construction of building is concerned, we welcome the notification," Ardent said.

"If building bye-laws is only attempting to address the problems, then we will further discuss the matter," he said adding "We feel the necessity that the notification needs to be withdraw because it affects the people in relation to water supply and electricity besides other problems."

The former KHADC CEM has also threatened to intensify the agitations if the government backtrack from its decisions and also stated that if the traditional Khasi principal of mediation fails, they will be compelled to take legal actions against the government. (TNT News)

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