Meghalaya will get its 12th district, Mairang, a sub-division in West Khasi Hills district, which is set to become functional before Independence Day this year.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday announced that Mairang will be the 12th district of the state and to be made functional before August 15.

Speaking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister said, “Mairang will be the new district of our state and because of Covid-19 the situation has been slightly slow but to let the people of Mairang know and feel positive about it that we will do our best to ensure that before the Independence Day the Mairang district is functional, that will be our endeavour.”

On being asked about the demand to upgrade Sohra civil sub-division to a new district, he said a consensus is yet to be arrived on this regard due to issues relating to geographical mapping.

Sangma also informed that the Meghalaya Government will examine the demand made by State Power Minister James Sangma of converting Dadenggre into a district, another sub-division of West Garo Hills district.