SHILLONG, June 07: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will soon convene a meeting with the Syiem of Hima Mylliem and legal experts to discuss matter relating to the relocation of the people residing at Them Iew Mawlong (Sweepers’ Colony).
The decision was taken at an emergent meeting of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA)-led executive committee held here on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, KHADC chief Pynshngain N Syiem said that the meeting was convened after receiving the detail report relating to the Sweepers’ Colony by the Syiem of Hima Mylliem.
“After going through the report, the executive committee felt that the matter requires discussion with the representatives of the Hima Mylliem and legal experts, which a meeting will be held shortly,” he said.
According to him, the district council will decide on the next step to be taken after convening the meeting.
Earlier, the KHADC has sought a detail report from the Hima Mylliem following the violent protest by angry mob who are demanding for relocation of the Sweepers’ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong.
Asked, Syiem said that the executive committee would also study the position of the Hima Mylliem and Shillong Municipal Board with regards to the land in view that both have signed an agreement in 1954.
“Till the time we understand this we cannot say anything on the matter related to the illegal settlers. However, we need to discuss this matter but so far as the eviction part is concerned it will be the responsibility of the state government,” he said.
The KHADC chief is also a member of the High Level Committee constituted by the state government to find a permanent solution for the relocation of the Sweepers’ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong.
The HLC has held its first sitting on Wednesday and is already in the process of collecting relevant documents pertaining to the land.