Shillong, Nov 28: The Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM), Western Ri Bhoi, has expressed its discontent over the failure of the state government to address the ongoing road construction by the Assam government at Bakhlapara, a border village under Hima Nongspung in Meghalaya.
According to HANM, the Assam government is persistently constructing a 1-kilometer road at Bakhlapara, sanctioned by the PWD department at the cost of Rs. 71.59 lakh. This continues despite frequent complaints from the traditional chief of Hima Nongspung, Raid Warmawsaw, and various social organizations about the illegal encroachment through the road construction at the Meghalaya border village.
Sumar Lyngdoh, the President of HANM – Western Ri Bhoi, said the organization has received information about the ongoing construction of the motorable road by Assam at Bakhlapara, and remarked that this situation is an insult to the Meghalaya government, which remains silent on this matter.
“We are in deep concern to learn that the road construction has been continuing and almost reached the completion stage but no sign of intervention from our state government side has been taken up till date on the illegal encroachment of the Assam, that too after the frequent demands made from different quarters,” Lyngdoh said, adding that this has proven the failure of the state government of Meghalaya who failed to take action against the violation of the status quo signed by Assam and Meghalaya on boundary settlement.
Lyngdoh further mentioned that HANM had visited the construction site in the past few months, demanding the concerned contractor to halt work until a resolution is reached between the governments of the two states. Another inspection was conducted by the traditional chief of Hima Nongspung, Raid Warmawsaw, who also urged the Meghalaya state government to take appropriate action.
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