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KHADC town committee amendment bill tabled

EC to consult legal eagles on de-notification of council’s building byelaws by State Govt

SHILLONG: KHADC CEM P.N. Syiem on Tuesday tabled the amendment of the United Khasi-Jaintia Hills District (Establishment of Town Committee) Third Amendment Bill, 2015 on the first day of the two-day winter session of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.
Speaking to media persons later, he said, “The amendment of Section 8 was necessitated as in the absence of town committees all functions will have to be performed by the Executive Committee.”
After the House passes the Bill, it will be forwarded to the District Council Affairs department for the Governor’s assent.
With the amendment of section 8 where there is provision for regulation of construction of new buildings or houses or the extension /alteration of existing ones, the Executive Committee will implement the building regulations in the absence of a town committee.
On the issue of de-notification of the KHADC Building Byelaws by the State Government, Executive member Neil Antonio War, while replying to a query by Teilinia Thangkhiew, said, “The Executive Committee will           consult legal experts and armed with legal expertise they will approach and question the Government on the de-notification.”
“We need solid foundation before approaching the government and legal experts will be consulted on this issue,” he added.
The KHADC CEM, meanwhile, informed that a branch office of the council at Mawkyrwat has been inaugurated and the monthly rent is Rs.2000.
The office functions with a staff consisting of a Superintendent of Tax, Assistant Sub-Inspector, casual LDA, 2 casual peons, casual cleaner and a casual chowkidar.
“The KHADC will intend to have its own office soon,” Syiem added.
Rich tribute paid to Hoping Stone
KHADC MDCs on Tuesday mourned the demise of veteran politician H.S. Lyngdoh who passed away on September 26 and M. Kharpran, a former member of the council, who breathed his last on October 15.
Recalling late Lyngdoh as an icon, Neil Antonio War said, “He would be willing to give his life to settle the land border issue and as for Marbok he was a man of few words; his death is a loss to the society as a whole.”
The House fondly remembered the dedication and hard work of the politicians in their services to the people. Lyngdoh was looked upon as an icon and for his simplicity while Kharpran was known to be a man of few words who had contributed to the welfare of the Council and the State, the MDCs observed.
The House also observed a minute of silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

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