SHILLONG, Sept 30: The Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF) along with traditional bodies of Jowai has set October 5 as the â€œdeadlineâ€ for the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) to start the construction of the Supermarket complex at Jowai in West Jaintia hills district.
The JYF, JTTA and Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong Jowai in a meeting held on Saturday last has even threatened to take out stern agitations if the project fails to take off within October 5.
â€œIf the project fails to take-off within October 5, decision of taking out strong protest is already awaited against the JHADC,â€ JYF president Poipynhun Majaw said.
Similar resolution was also taken by other NGOs of the district. Earlier the Jaintia Students Union (JSU) had served a 30 days ultimatum to the JHADC on the issue of which the deadline is soon to expire.
He said, â€œWe are running out of patience as the JHADC has turned down our demands set forth on many occasions.â€
The Market (Iaw Musiang) at Jowai town, the district headquarter of the erstwhile Jaintia hills is one of the oldest market in the region catering to the people of the two districts (West and East Jaintia hills).
However, it is unfortunate that the district council knows only to destroy the old market in the name of developing and beautifying Jowai town by building up a â€œnew market complexâ€ which has instead becomes an eyesore and irked the people without a proper market, Majaw stated.
He stressed that the excessive delay in the construction of the market has affected the people especially those who used to earn their livelihood from the market.
Recently, the JYF had even threatened to ask the CBI to conduct an enquiry to over delay on the implementation of the project.
Mentionably, the project was sanctioned way back in 2001-02 at a cost of Rs 18.09 crore. However, the JHADC has to bear the expenditure of 10 per cent for the construction work.
Last year there had been massive dismantling of structures by the agency in the old market for the purpose of facilitating the construction work of the new â€œSupermarketâ€. The market had been temporarily shifted to Lad Stadium after great tussle between the vendors and the district administration.
Already the Ministry of DoNER had sanctioned Rs 6.33 crores as the first installment in 2004 out of the Rs 18.9 crores estimated for the project to the JHADC.