Shillong: Nongpoh MLA Mayralborn Syiem along with local Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) member Balajied Ranee on Monday met Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma urging the state government to create a new Community and Rural Development (C&RD) Block at Umden.

The two Congress leaders apprised the chief minister of the grievances faced by the people of Ri-Bhoi district and Nongpoh constituency in particular.

Syiem said that there is an immediate need to create a new C&RD Block at Umden. He mentioned that Umling has been one of the oldest C&RD Blocks in Ri-Bhoi and also the biggest at present.

Umling C&RD Block has 226 villages with approximately 15,000 households and around 81,000 population.

Based on all these facts, the Nongpoh legislators requested the CM and also the minister in-charge of C&RD, Hamlet Dohling, to look into this matter.

“We have full faith that the present government will listen to our grievances, that is to bring governance closer to our people. So we need to create this new C&RD Block by the name of Umden,” said Syiem.

So far, they have not received any assurance from the government for creating the new block but it has assured to look into the grievances of the people.

The Congress legislators also urged the government for a Nongpoh-Umden-Sonapur Road.

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Syiem said that they have been raising this issue from the past and it has also been placed in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. It has been proposed through the second phase of the Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project (MITP) which will be funded by the World Bank.

“We apprised the chief minister that it is the need of the hour for the immediate sanction of this road. Once this road will be constructed, it will ease the problems of far-flung villages,” said Syiem.

“Around 126 villages are there, where this road will be a great help. This road, once fully functional, will protect the land of the state as this road passes through bordering areas of the state with Assam,” added Syiem.

Syiem stressed on the need to develop more infrastructure along the inter-state border areas.

The statement has come from the MLA at a time when the state is looking to solve its long pending border issue with neighbouring Assam.

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