Shillong: The long-pending issue concerning Them Iew-Mawlong was once again discussed in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Deputy chief minister informed the House that the present form of agreement between the Municipal Board and Syiem (Chief) of Mylliem was very vague.

In May 2018, a scuffle broke out between a Sikh woman and a local tribal resident, resulting in unrest and a clash in Shillong. Security forces were rushed to the area and several affected pockets put under curfew for over a month. In Shillong, since the British era, Punjabi migrants settled in Sweepers’ Line at Them Iew Mawlong. 

Following this the state government had constituted a High-Level Committee chaired by the deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong. The main role of the HLC was to come up with a recommendation on the relocation of the people residing at Them-Iew Mawlong.

Responding to a question by MLA Mohendro Rapsang, Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Friday informed the House that there are several reasons for the delay in the report from the High-Level Committee (HLC).

Tynsong informed that following the notification on June 4, 2018, the moment HLC was constituted, the committee held meetings and discussions.

According to Tynsong, the committee found many things which need to be done and corrected. He said that the present form of agreement between the Municipal Board and Syiem of Mylliem was very vague.

“We also have to see this from the perspective of land ownership,” said Tynsong.

He added that another reason for the delay was concerned redeveloping many places in and around Shillong city.

Tynsong said that Meghalaya was lucky since in 2019, as Government of India considered Shillong city as one of the smart cities.

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“We have thought of redeveloping many places in and around Shillong, taking all these issues into consideration, it takes a lot of time, hence the delay,” said Tynsong.

He added that the HLC need to have a detailed discussion with the stakeholders like the Hima Mylliem and also with the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) since the area falls under the Sixth Schedule area, so these are the issues why it takes a lot of time, mentioned Tynsong.

He further informed that HLC would meet soon and submit its report to the government.



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