Shillong, May 26: The Congress has accused the NPP of not obtaining building permission from Meghalaya Urban Development Authority for construction of its new party office.
Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) vice president Banphiralang Basaiawmoit told reporters that while the building is almost 70% complete, “NPP has not taken the approval from MUDA for the same, which is one of the mandatory conditions for starting construction at any site within urban area.”
When asked by reporters, the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said,” I will speak to you all tomorrow”.
The foundation stone for construction of the new NPP office near Polo grounds was laid on September 1, 2020.
By saying that this is construed to be a blatant use of power by the current dispensation, Banphiralang said, “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, even if you do extend the existing building without approval, the authority is alert enough to issue you a notice and penalty.”
“We, as concerned youths of the Congress, really want to know how can such a structure be constructed without approval, and why has MUDA not issued notices, and why has MUDA turned blind eye to the same, and under whose instructions this is being done,” he said.
According to the youth leader, while the structure of building will be ultra-strong, considering this is the office of the masters, and not for commoners like in case of ISBT or State Legislative Assembly building, “but we believe, that the due process of approvals and regulations should have been followed as per the rule of the land.”
He said it seems the current regime wants to flout all rules to work in their favour, and the lack of accountability is clearly visible across, even simple reports on various websites including State Planning Board website have not been updated after 2017.
“The question beckons, where is the transparency in governance?” he said.
Secretary of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Manuel Badwar said that flouting of the rules cannot be tolerated anymore. “Questions have to be raised by us, by the youth and by the public”, he said.