Shillong: AL Hek, Chairman of the Central Scheme Monitoring Committee and BJP legislator inspected the newly-constructed Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Shillong on Thursday.

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The inspection was carried out after videos of the roof of the newly constructed bus terminal leaking went viral on social media.

Hek said: “After receiving so many complaints we were compelled to inspect the bus terminal and see for ourselves as we are concerned about public safety. If such kind of news gets spread outside the state, it leaves a bad reputation.”

The role of the Central Scheme Monitoring Committee is to look after all central-sponsored schemes in the state, he added.

He said that he along with the Deputy General Manager of ISBT had inspected the bus terminal and had suggested the authorities work on the leakages and cracks of the building.

Hek suggested the need for a power back-up such as generator so that people using the services at ISBT do not face any inconveniences. He added, “Irregular power connectivity is also another concern at the ISBT Shillong.” .

Notably, the ISBT was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on July 24, 2021 and the project cost Rs 48 crore.

Bernadette Lyngdoh, Chairman of East Khasi Hills District CSMC, said that they would compile a report and sent it to the central govt through NEC, which is the funding agency. “Based on the report whatever actions needs to be taken will be decided by the authorities concerned, but our job is to ensure that the central scheme are thoroughly and rightly implemented,” said Lyngdoh.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) Deputy General Manager Salseng Sangma said. “Some repair works were done a few days ago. The heavy rains that in the past few days ago have led to several leakages,” said Sangma.

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