SHILLONG, Nov 27: The state government has released the funds for the setting up of entry – exit points in Meghalaya which are aimed at checking influx and illegal immigration.
Informing this here during a short duration discussion during a one day special session held here on Tuesday, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that Rs 5.5 crore was released only for Ri Bhoi District and Rs 1.2 crore for West Khasi Hills District besides Rs 75 lakh for South West Garo Hills while Rs 63 lakh for East Jaintia Hills.
Stating that the process of setting up the entry-exit points will be taken up in a phase manner, he said that the matter is a high financial task.
He also said that if the land in Ri Bhoi is finalised, a total of Us 125 crore will be required just to prepare the land for erecting the entry point.
The Chief Minister also informed that the government is very close to finishing the land acquisition process in many locations.
“We are moving at a fast pace,” he said.
He further informed that a team comprising of the deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, home minister James K Sangma and urban affairs minister Hamlet Dohling has been asked to soon visit Mendipathar Railway Station to identify the location for the entry-exit point.
Apart from this, he said that locations identified as high traffic zone will be taken up first for setting up of entry-exit points.
Earlier on the concern expressed by opposition members on the move to shift the location from 19th mile, the chief minister said this was because the cost of the new location at 18th mile is only Rs 6 crore.