Shillong: Lack of a proper landfill in West Jaintia Hills District in Meghalaya remains a concern not only for the citizens but also for the people at the helm of affairs.

Jowai MLA Wailadmiki Shylla on Monday said that after protests from various quarters, the municipal department had called for Expression of Interest (EOI), the last date for which was September 15.

The crisis of a proper landfill in the district is a long-pending issue. The demand grew louder after 5-6 villages protested by not allowing dumping of garbage at Mynkjai dumping site.

The crisis snowballed to an extent where residents of Jowai dumped their garbage in front of the administration’s office, leaving them to act swiftly.

The MLA said the government now has many options of land because many parties have come forward for the EOI. The scrutiny of papers is currently going on, the MLA said.

“Once it is final, we will send the Task Force Team to check the land and we will buy it,” added Shylla.

When asked about how long the project will take to come up, he said that once they acquire the land, there will be no delay and the landfill site will come up at the earliest.

It was also informed that a settlement had been reached with the owner of the existing landfill site and the government has been allowed to use the site for three months more.

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