By Eric Calvin Ranee
Meghalaya's first facilitation centre at Umling in Ri Bhoi district which was inaugurated on the 21st of December 2020 has garnered mixed response from tourists and visitors who come to the state.
The entire process has become the new normal for commuters of the Shillong-Guwahati road.
The centre was set up to monitor the entry of tourists as well as working professionals into the state.
The entry and exit point (facilitation centre) has four counters, designated for COVID-19 testing, the Tourism department and the District Administration for registration purposes.
TNT-The Northeast Today spoke to some tourists and professionals on their experiences. (Watch video above or click on this link)
It may be recalled that the idea of setting up entry and exit points in the state was conceived way back in the year 2014-15 when Meghalaya was witnessing aggressive pro-ILP agitations. It was during this time that the then Congress government came up with an alternative to the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the form of the Meghalaya Residents’ Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) 2016.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)