Shillong has to cross several hurdles to get ‘smart city’ tag

SHILLONG: There is more skepticism rather than optimism on the Smart City project for Shillong announced by the Centre. Land acquisition hurdles, space constraints to widen city roads and to construct flyovers, and choked drains come in the way of Shillong  becoming  ‘Smart’. Adding to the problem is t the lack of civic sense to ensure a clean city coupled with lack of enforcement [Full Article...]

Tale of two beautification projects

SHILLONG: Even before the current ‘Smart City’ plan, there were efforts by the State Government to beautify Shillong in the past, but those projects have not achieved the desired results. In 2005, the Congress led Government had launched beatification of  Khyndailad (Police Bazar) with a cost of over Rs 5 crore, which had evoked criticism from the RTI activists who had alleged corruption in [Full Article...]

Q-mark over KHADC silence on country planning act

Building bye-law stalemate SHILLONG: At a time when opposition to the fresh notification issued by the State Government for implementation of Meghalaya Urban Development Authority Building Bye-Laws is growing louder by the day, official sources have revealed that the same KHADC and the traditional bodies, who are now going all out protesting the notification, did not say a word when the State decided to [Full Article...]

Border unrest

SHILLONG/JOWAI: The State Government has denied the death of four Khasi-pnar people in West Jaintia Hills as reported in a section of the media on Sunday, even as following minor border skirmishes and exodus of people, a joint peace committee meeting has been called on September 3 at Khanduli Forest IB between the Karbi and Pnar people of nearby villages. lDetails on P-10

State govt awaits Centre’s response

Financial package for ANVC, ANVC-B cadres SHILLONG:  The State Government has written to the Centre to provide one time financial package to the ANVC, ANVC-B cadres. A Home department official said that the Government is yet to receive any communication from the Centre in this regard. The Agreed Text for Settlement signed on September 24 last year did not specify any amount of money [Full Article...]

Participation of non-tribals hangs in balance

GHADC ELECTIONS SHILLONG: Former ANVC-B leader Bernard Marak has questioned the Executive Committee of GHADC for not framing rule to ensure clarity on the participation of non-tribals in the GHADC polls even as various pressure groups from Garo Hills have called a public meeting on Wednesday to oppose the participation of  non-tribals in the polls.. The conglomeration of several pressure groups have urged the [Full Article...]

Probe reveals MGNREGS fund misuse in EKH village

SHILLONG: Following complaints about the irregularities of the implementation of MGNREGS scheme at Lummawkong village, the East Khasi Hills district administration had ordered an inquiry into the implementation of the scheme in the village. The inquiry report of Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC), M. Shira Kshir has revealed that there are several irregularities in the implementation of the scheme even as it found that the [Full Article...]