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Over 40 organisations from the State of Assam today held a two-hour blockade demanding the state of Meghalaya to allow unhindered public transport and business to operate through the various roads connecting to Garo Hills.
The organisations, which blocked the NH-62 at Damra under Goalpara district in Assam, further gave an ultimatum to the two states to sort out the matter between them that facilitated the running of business and services, failing to which the organisations have threatened an economic blockade for essential items to the region.
The threat of an economic blockade comes after the state of Meghalaya renewed conditions for entry into the state, making COVID test reports mandatory for entering the state from other areas.
However, the point of entry to the Garo Hills region has been set up only at Berubari near Bajengdoba in North Garo Hills (NGH).
The organisations have stated that they have given a 72-hour deadline for the road under NH – 62 (now NH 217) to be free or they would begin an indefinite economic blockade on the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya.
The organisations had earlier threatened an economic blockade against the Garo Hills region, after which the state of Meghalaya changed lockdown rules to ease restrictions to allow for trade and commerce between Assam and Meghalaya.
However, this time the organisations have demanded that all trade and travel routes be allowed instead of only through Bajengdoba.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)