After Gov and CM, KHADC CEM becomes the fourth Govt official to visit ‘Iewduh’ in not less than a month
SHILLONG: Days after Governor V Shanmuganathan wielded a broom at Iewduh and weeks after Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and Urban Affairs Minister Ronnie V Lyngdoh conducted a surprise inspection of Iewduh, it didn't take long for other public representatives to follow suit.
On Tuesday, Chief Executive Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) visited Iewduh along with his Executive Members and accompanied by the Acting Syiem of Hima Mylliem, Pa'iem Ricky Nelson Syiem and his Myntri.
It may be reminded that chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma who became the first CM to set foot in Iewduh, said that he will soon call a meeting off all his cabinet ministers to discuss on ways and means to give Iewduh a face lift while referring to Iewduh as a source of livelihood for many people of Shillong.
Similarly, during his visit to Iewduh, Urban Affairs Minister Ronnie V Lyngdoh has reiterated on the need to give Iewduh a complete makeover.
On the same line, Governor V Shanmuganathan, who set foot at Iewduh to mark the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, observed that Iewduh, being a traditional market, can attract tourists if people here take the responsibility of improving the look of the market.
Call it a political strategy or a serious attempt to give a face lift to Meghalaya's oldest and biggest market, Iewduh, the question, however, remains – when and how will they (politicians) materialize their assurances.
Even though, the Iewduh falls under the jurisdiction of the Hima Mylliem, the KHADC on the other hand, has taken upon itself the onus of managing this market place and to maintain cleanliness of Iewduh.
In a brief meeting held at Thanat Syiem, Syiem said that he has already sought the cooperation of the Hima and have pitched the idea of maintaining the traditional essence and gave a new look to Iewduh, through a correlated efforts on the part of the KHADC, Hima Mylliem and shop keepers at Iewduh.
He informed that the KHADC will earmark a certain amount of money from the Rs 133 crore Special Assistant Grant sanctioned by the central government to the District Council, repairing purposes, maintaining cleanliness in the area and other beautification projects of Iewduh.
He further said that gates will also be constructed at every check-in and check-out point at Iewduh to ease congestion along the area.