SHILLONG, Aug 09: After an uneasy calm that has descended in the city after the incidents of may 31 last, the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) has been directed to once again resume the inventory survey to identify legal and illegal settlers in the Sweepers’ Colony at Them Iew Mawlong.
This directive was given by the High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the state government to find a permanent solution for relocation of the residents at Them Iew Mawlong.
“We have instructed the SMB restart the inventory survey in the area,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong who also heads the HLC said here on Thursday.
Tynsong also said that the government is very concerned about the employees who have been staying in the area for the past many years.
He informed that as per record there are a total of 128 employees of the Shillong Municipal Board who are residing at Them Iewmawlong.
Earlier SMB officials, while attempting to conduct the survey had been greeted by locked houses in the area as the residents there had refused to cooperate with them.
When asked as to how many illegal settlers have been identified so far, the HLC chairman however said, “I cannot say as of now because the inventory survey is yet to be completed.”
Meanwhile, Tynsong further informed that the committee has also directed concerned departments to furnish more documents relating to the matter.
“We have discussed various important issues and have decided that need further clarification and documents to be furnished by the departments which include Directorate of Land Records & Survey, SMB, Urban Affairs and Hima Mylliem,” he said.
Refusing to give any further comment by pointing out that the matter is also lying pending before the Court, Tynsong however said, “We want to ensure that the task entrusted to us by the government is completed.”
In July last, the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) had filed a petition before the Meghalaya High Court seeking the quashment of the notification for constitution of the High Level Committee (HLC).
It may be mentioned here that the HLC was constituted by the state government to find a permanent solution to the demand to shift the settlers residing in the area following the violent protest which started from May 31 to June 5.