Shillong: In a scathing attack on the ruling National People’s Party (NPP), the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) on Thursday has alleged that the NPP has not taken the approval from Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) for the construction of its office building.

During a press conference, MPYC vice president Banphira Basaiawmoit said the NPP is flexing its muscles by not taking permission. 

According to MPYC, the foundation of the new NPP office building near Polo Grounds was laid on September 1, 2020. “Shockingly, while the building is almost 70% complete, the NPP has not taken MUDA’s approval for the same, which is one of the mandatory conditions for starting construction at any site within the Urban Area. It seems the authority has also turned a blind eye towards the massive construction going on in order to please the masters, while in case of ordinary citizen, if you extend the existing building without approval, the authority is alert enough to issue you a notice and penalty,” the MPYC vice president said.

“This is a blatant use of power by the current dispensation,” he added.

The MPYC has asked why hasn’t the MUDA issued any notice in this regard till date.

They also alleged that the lack of accountability is clearly visible, even as simple reports on various website including State Planning commission websites have not been updated after 2017. “The question beckons, Where is the transparency in governance?” asked Basaiawmoit.

The MPYC has also questioned why the area where the dome of the new assembly building has collapsed is not yet sealed as workers are seen working in the area. 

“As per the HPC meeting that was held recently, the recommendation was to stop the work immediately and an enquiry is to be initiated. The area would have to be sealed and tampering of evidence should not be allowed. The evidences are to be extracted and sealed in front of the media before sending for laboratory test,” demanded the MPYC.

They have also demanded that the engineer in-charge of the project should be suspended and the Minister, PWD Building, should step down immediately taking moral responsibility.

MPYC vice president also highlighted about the plan of the MDA government to legalise gambling in the state.

Basaiawmoit said, “Their focus to convert the identity of our state from an education hub to a gambling hub is a clever narrative that our Chief Minister is harping upon and pushing towards the road to disaster. The signs are written on the wall for the youth of the state to come forward before it is too late.”

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