SHILLONG, Nov 27: The Meghalaya government is seeking to close down all unauthorized weighbridges and checkpoints operating in the state as has been laid down in the Meghalaya State Policy for Weighbridges 2018.
Laying a statement in reply to a call attention moved by Umroi member G Lyngdoh during the special session here on Tuesday, the state’s Transport minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar said the policy has empowered all deputy commissioners to close down all unauthorized weighbridges and checkpoints that may have been set up without the approval of the government.
The policy has also notified the transport department as the nodal department for installation, maintenance and operation of weighbridges in the state.
Stating that the policy was to address the long pending demand of the transporters and truck owners, Dhar said it will ensure putting in place a transparent and full proof system for proper checking of overload goods laden vehicles plying within the state.
“...to facilitate the weighment of all load bearing vehicles entering and leaving the state while ensuring that such vehicles are not subjected to undue harassment at such weighbridges and checking stations,” he added.
Dhar also stated that the policy is comprehensive and has been carefully drafted and notified because the government also recognizes the need to plug the loopholes in revenue collection and prevent loss of revenue to the state exchequer.
He said that the weighbridges which will henceforth be allowed to function will have personnel from various revenue enforcing departments such as mining & geology, forest & environment, home (police) and transport to ensure integrated enforcement of rules and regulations and avoid single checking by different departments as multiple locations.
Besides, all weighbridges will be geo tagged to prevent any unauthorized weighbridge or checkpoint to be setup and any government recognized weighbridge will be linked to the central server for purposes of monitoring and enforcement of rules.