GSMC welcomes govt’s move on B-Mahal areas

TURA, Sep 23: The Garoland State Movement Committee (GSMC) from Pedaldoba in West Garo Hills on Friday welcomed the move of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and the state government to revoke the earlier decision taken by former Council CEM Benedic R Marak on B-Mahal areas.
In its memorandum to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the GSMC, while appreciating both the GHADC and the government, said that the people were very happy to welcome the developmental projects under the Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and the Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).
The Committee, however, added that none of the MDCs have met the B-Mahal residents to confirm the type of developments that are being implemented. Pointing out that there are not many lands under B-Mahal areas without settlement, the GSMC urged the GHADC to sensitise the people on the matter.
The committee also called for solution to interstate border dispute with Assam in areas such as Kuring, Pedaldoba, Fakimara, Borjhora, Takurbila, Sualmari etc.
According to the committee, instances of encroachment attempts from Assam are evident with authorities from the neighbouring state constructing infrastructural facilities within Meghalaya’s territory.
Pointing out that people from the area have been suffering due to the long-pending border dispute, the committee urged the government to pay a site visit immediately and take steps to resolve the issue at the earliest.

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