SHILLONG, June 11: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has proposed that it conducts a joint inspection of the Them Iew Mawlong along with representatives of the Shillong Municipal Board, Directorate of Land Records and Survey and the Hima Mylliem.
The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, PN Syiem had made this proposal after the KHADC and the Hima Mylliem had consulted legal experts on the issue.
“We favour carrying out a joint inspection of the land which housed the Sweepers at Them Iew Mawlong. The joint inspection would be very helpful in knowing the present status of the land at Sweeper’s Lane,” Syiem had said.
He further said that the Acting Syiem of Hima Mylliem, Ricky Nelson Syiem has agreed to write to the Directorate of Land Survey and Records on the need to have the joint inspection.
Syiem said that the joint inspection will help to provide information on the exact location of the land provided by the Hima Mylliem to the Shillong Municipal Board.
Meanwhile, the KHADC CEM said that the meeting has also endorsed the decision of the High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the State Government for the detailed land survey of Sweeper’s Lane.
According to Syiem, the Directorate of Land Survey and Records will conduct a fresh survey of plot A which is around 21,837 square feet and also of plot b which comes to around 11,577 square feet.
“The joint inspection can be carried out simultaneously with the detailed survey of the land in question,” he said.
When asked about the four pattas issued by the Hima Mylliem at Sweeper’s Colony, he said that this was not discussed during the meeting between the KHADC, the Hima Mylliem and the legal experts.
“We will wait for the fresh survey of the land before deliberating on the four pattas issued by the Hima Mylliem at Sweeper Lane,” Syiem said.
Besides the four land pattas, he said that there a total number of 218 individuals from the Sweepers Lane have sought for the land pattas.
“But the Hima Mylliem is yet to take any decision on the land pattas sought by the 218 individuals,” the KHADC CEM said.
Asked about the litigation pending in the court, he said that the Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High Court in 2010 had remanded the case to the Syiem of Mylliem to take a fresh decision after hearing the petitioner.
“The Hima Mylliem is yet to proceed ahead with the court’s directive,” he said.
It may be mentioned that the Hima Mylliem had given the land patta in four places on humanitarian grounds in 2009.