SHILLONG, June 20: The state government will evict all illegal settlers from Sweepers’ Colony in Them Iew Mawlong as has been informed by Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday.
Tynsong said that the high level committee constituted by the state government to examine the issue is waiting for the inventory report from the Shillong Municipal Board on the number of genuine settlers, who are residing in the area.
The high level committee which Tynsong heads has been tasked to examine all records and documents, and recommend feasible solution on the pending demand to shift settlers from Them Iew Mawlong.
Stating that there are both legal and illegal settlers in the area, Tynsong said that after the inventorization is being carried by the SMB, the government will come up with an order directing the illegal settlers to vacate the place.
“However, I would appreciate if they (illegal settlers) take action (leave) in advance,” Tynsong said here on Wednesday.
Tynsong also said that the high level committee has also asked the SMB to submit a report of not only settlers who are working under the board but also those who are working in other government departments as well.
On its direction, a joint survey was also conducted by the Directorate of Land Records and Survey, district administration, Shillong Municipal Board and the Syiem of Hima Mylliem on Wednesday amid protest from residents of the Sweepers’ Colony.
“The survey is being carried out very smoothly. I hope by Friday they will be able to complete the survey on the ground,” he said.
Asserting that justice has to prevail for each and every citizen of the state, Tynsong said that the first step which is being carried is the survey of the land in question.
He further stated that the main reason for carrying out the fresh detailed survey of the land is because in the original agreement between Shillong Municipal Board and the Syiem of Mylliem in 1954, only an area which is around 33,000 to 34,000 sq ft has been shown.
“But there was no proper mapping of the whole area when the committee had sought for it. It is for this reason that the detailed survey of the land is required to be conducted in the presence of the Syiem of Mylliem along with officials of the DC and Municipal,” he said.
When asked about the location identified by the Government for the resettlement of the residents, he said that the government cannot disclose anything on this at the moment but it is going to address the issue.
“We will examine on the area to relocate the Sikh population and we will come up with the most feasible recommendations to the state government on the relocation at the earliest possible as this is one of the top most priorities before us,” Tynsong stated.
He further informed that the next sitting of the high level committee will only be convened after the survey is completed. According to him, the Directorate of Land Records and Survey will submit its report tentatively by next week.