M’laya govt dumps MUDA building laws

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HT Correspondent

 SHILLONG, May 15: The Conrad Sangma-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has decided to withdraw the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) from implementing the Meghalaya Building Byelaws, 2011 in areas under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council’s jurisdiction.

At the same time, the government has also directed the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department to relax the permissions required for providing power and water connection to newly constructed houses in the scheduled areas.

The decision was taken at a tripartite meeting between the state government, KHADC and the traditional heads under the banner of the Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong Ka Bri U Hynniewtrep (SNSBH) held here on Tuesday.

The meeting chaired by the chief minister Conrad K Sangma was attended by cabinet ministers, KHADC chief Pynshngain N Syiem, MDCs and representatives of the Synjuk besides senior government officials.

“We have decided in principle that the areas under the autonomous district council (ADC) outside the purview of the municipality will not be affected by the MUDA building byelaws,” Conrad told reporters after the meeting.

The chief minister also informed that the government would also direct the MeECL and the PHE department to ensure that the permissions required are relax because lots of people are suffering as they are not getting power and water connections.

“We have asked urban department to write to the MeECL and PHE to relax those provisions,” he said.

In a similar meeting held last year, the previous state government, while announcing withdrawal of the MUDA, had decided to appoint local authorities under the tribal district councils for implementing of the building byelaws for regulating building constructions in areas outside the municipality.

However, the chief minister said that the decision taken by the then government on the issue is something which the present government is not having in mind.

Asked how the government is planning to regulate and monitor building constructions outside the municipal area, Conrad said that the government has asked the KHADC to come up with its own building byelaws.

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