SHILLONG, Aug 10: West Shillong legislator, Paul Lyngdoh has demanded that the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma takes immediate action towards the removal of ‘unnecessary’ closure of roads in the cantonment areas in Shillong.
Informing the Chief Minister of having received complaints in this regard, Lyngdoh said, “I request you to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities for the immediate removal of barriers of entry/exit to the public roads.”
He informed that people have approached him regarding the unnecessary closure of roads in the cantonment areas which include the road opposite Shillong Civil Hospital and Mawshbuit area causing lot of inconvenience to them.
The UDP MLA also alleged that proper procedure was not carried out in closure of the road especially the footpath from Anjali Cinema Hall towards Bawri Netralaya Hospital, which was completely sealed.
Lyngdoh said that the action is in violation of a letter dated January 9, 2015 issued by D.K. Malik, additional director-general (cantonments) of the directorate general defence estates, ministry of defence estates, New Delhi to all principal directors, defence estates.
Quoting the ministry’s letter, he said, “It has clearly stated that public roads in cantonments are being closed by the local military authorities without any statutory to do so and without following the procedures prescribed to section 258 of the cantonments act, 2006.”