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Shillong Relocation: ‘Do not entertain Harijan Committee demands’, says Khasi Students Union

The KSU leaders said that the alleged illegal settlers should be immediately evicted by the government from the locality.

The row over the resettlement of Harijan Colony residents continues to rage on with the influential Khasi Students Union today asking the Government not to entertain the demand of the Harijan Panchayat Committee.

The students’ union said that government should not accept their demand for the allotment of 10 acres of land within the European ward besides bearing the expenses for the construction of housing units for the 342 families currently residing at Them Iew Mawlong.

The KSU leaders further said that the alleged illegal settlers should be immediately evicted by the government from the locality while the government employees residing in the area should be relocated to the official quarters to be allotted to them.

The KSU also questioned the proposal to prepare a blueprint by the government to rehabilitate the residents.

KSU leader Donald Thabah said that the demand of the HPC in terms of area is impractical, adding that the government should not agree to the demands.

He further asserted that illegal settlers should be evicted from the Harijan colony.

Earlier in October 2021, a High Level Committee (HLC) headed by minister Tynsong had recommended the state government to shift the employees of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and other departments from the Sweeper’s Colony at Them Iew Mawlong.

The Urban Affairs department has been asked to find locations for relocation of “illegal settlers” as per a report of the HLC, which was placed before the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.

The HLC was constituted by the state government to find a feasible solution for the relocation of the Sweeper’s Colony from Them Iew Mawlong following the 2018 violent protest at Motphran.

First Published: 27th April, 2022 19:01 IST

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