SHILLONG, JUNE 7: The Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) has accepted the blueprint prepared by the state government on the proposal to relocate the 342 families of Sweepersâ€™ Colony from Them Iew Mawlong to the existing land of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB).
In its order after hearing the matter, the division bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice W Diengdoh said, â€œLearned Advocate-General reports that Counsel for the Harijan Panchayat Committee has agreed, in principle, to the blueprint prepared by the government but has made some suggestions for modification in certain areas.â€
â€œSince the State is looking at the suggestions for modification, let the matter come up three weeks hence. It is hoped that the parties will now resolve the long pending issue and give a quietus to these matters,â€ the bench stated.
The next hearing on the matter will be held on July 3, 2023.
The government had come up with a blueprint after rejecting the April 25,2022-proposal of the HPC that 200 square meters of land be provided to each of the 342 families within the European ward besides bearing the cost of construction of their homes.