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Shillong: There’s some good news for residents of Meghalaya. The state government has now decided to allow movement of 25% public inter-district transportation, barring Shillong agglomeration, from May 4.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that public transport will be allowed to resume by Monday in the entire state barring Shillong agglomeration where the restriction is still there.

“The government has instructed all DCs and DTOs to work out the modalities so that transportation is in place, but not in full strength, only 25% of public transportation is allowed. The system will be worked out by the respective DCs and DTO,” informed Tynsong on Friday.

However, private transportation will still not be allowed, unless it is an emergency or if they have availed of car passes from the respective deputy commissioners.

With several other decisions taken, the government has also decided to permit mining activities starting May 4. “Mining activities duly licensed by the government will resume with effect from May 4. This includes minor and major minerals. From the mining department, we also have a few mining industries like Lafarge, and other small industries which will be allowed to start their activities,” added Tynsong.

The government has also permitted the reopening of the industrial estates of the state. EPIP Byrnihat, Umiam Industrial Estate, Industrial units in West Khasi Hills, Jaintia and Garo hills will be allowed to resume their activities from May 4.

Tynsong also informed that concerning cement industries, the government has asked those units to submit their working plan like bringing in materials from outside the state, the number of trucks that will be needed in a week or day, etc, so that the government can streamline the movement of trucks. The government is yet to receive the report from the department concerned, he added.

Standard operating procedures have to be maintained as prescribed by the health department from time to time, which include social distancing, Tynsong cautioned.

Tynsong said that the government will sit for another meeting tomorrow to look at the SOPs, which will be in place very soon. He added that local authorities like Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong will also be present in the meeting since it is necessary to have the local bodies involved.

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