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SHILLONG: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will work together with the Hima Mylliem to give the much needed facelift to Iewduh.
Thronged by hundreds, the traditional daily market’s labyrinth of narrow passages and paths are always chock-a-bloc; rotten vegetables strewn all over and an improper drainage system combine to fill the air with a foul smell while the plastic waste is an eyesore and protruding pipes pose a danger to the people.
The Iewduh, known as the “rice bowl of the Khasis,” is flocked by people from across the state who come to get groceries at a reasonable price. Even foreign tourists mark the traditional market as a must-visit place on their itinerary to get a feel of the culture of the Khasis and Jaintias.
Speaking to The Shillong Times, Executive Member (EM) in charge of market Jambor War said there is a growing concern about the unhygienic and filthy areas in the market and complaints have also started pouring in about the paths being occupied by shopkeepers who keep their merchandise outside as well.
He said a meeting will be called with the Hima Mylliem to come up with important decisions for which inspection of the market is also necessary. According to him, the KHADC will look into the various complaints from the public on the issues plaguing the Ïewduh.
On the use of plastic bags, he said their use has affected the environment as well. It may be mentioned that the shopkeepers were sensitised on the harmful effects of plastics and to bring about a clean environment in the year 2017.
The KHADC, War said the matter will also be discussed. To beautify the market, entrances will be constructed at Sohra Stand, Motphran and Jeep Stand.