SHILLONG, February 27: Taking cognizance about the absence of a collective functioning of the State line departments at the field level in magement of Shillong city, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has directed the Public Works Department and State Police to have a review meeting to sort out the problems of the pedestrians in the city.
The verbal order also came along with an instruction to the municipal boards to use the just installed CCTVs as a mechanism to audit the performance in providing better services and amenities to the residents.
Watching the high definition visuals relayed live via the CCTV, the Chief Minister found commuters in congested areas and important junctions having torrid time to cross the roads.
While giving the instruction to the top functiories of the police department, Sangma held no grouse on the efforts put by the city traffic police.
However, he was candid in saying “Please hold a review meeting with the officials of the PWD and make sure to have zebra crossings in all these points.”
The Chief Minister told even as he said the action at the ground should be visible in one month’s time.
The Chief Minister was critical in his observation on the PWD by questioning on where they have utilized the released funds for city magement.
“I found them making parking lots instead of parking bays, an indication that there is a communication gap in the departments concerned,” the Chief Minister stated in the presence of three other Cabinet ministers.
Sangma also asked the Shillong Municipal board to utilize the CCTV control room for auditing the services rendered by the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB).
The Chief Minister’s direction to three departments assumed significance since all the departments are not working in tandem in maging the city.