Ampareen Lyngdoh on New Shillong Township ‘act upon the land or lose the rights’

Ampareen Lyngdoh on New Shillong Township ‘act upon the land or lose the rights’
The new campus in NIFT proposed in New Shillong

The Government has allotted many departments land but they are yet to do anything in this regard was the message which Urban affairs minister Ampareen Lyngdoh said on the issue of the New Shillong Township .

And the message is to

The State government has constituted a New Shillong Township Development Agency (NSTDA) for the development of the area. Land acquisition for the project started in 1995 under the tenure of the then Chief Minster Salseng Marak.

But even after 21 years many departments have yet to start work in the land allocated to them .

It is also believed that the state has no more land left to allocate other 'genuine' parties and will have to wait for the new land Acquisition act
TheMinister has requested all agencies and Departments which were given land to start work immediately or lose the allotted plot.

But the will be easier said than done as most departments are run by the same government and under minister's who have said that they cannot start work as they do not have the required funds to start the work.

It remains to be seen how departments were allocated land when they did not have the financial capability to act upon it after allocation in the first place.

It once again looks like most of these allocations under various governments were done as 'political favours or one-upmanship' rather than proper planning .

The land bank at New Shillong Township has exhausted and the State government may acquire more land for several development projects here, former Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh has said recently.
Speaking to media persons prior to the Cabinet reshuffle, Lyngdoh had said all plots were allotted to different departments and agencies and added that "for more land acquisition, the State has to wait as the new Land Acquisition Act, 2013, is still hanging fire".
The State government has constituted a New Shillong Township Development Agency (NSTDA) for the development of the area. Land acquisition for the project started in 1995.
The Government has recently sanctioned a two-lane road project for the township that will connect Shillong Bypass with Diengpassoh.
The Government has asked all agencies and Departments which were given land to start work immediately or lose the allotted plot.
Read more at http://www.theshillongtimes.com/2016/08/30/new-township-land-bank-exhausted/#p1SO8zg1u3cL2IxO.99

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