SHILLONG, Feb 16: A delegation of leaders representing around 46 villages today met the CEM of KHADC, PN Syiem apprising him to immediately give no objection certificate (NOC) to Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) for construction of the two-lane road from Nongstoin till Mawthabah.
The delegation includes Bresswell Paliar acting Lyngdoh of six villages, Nendar Lyngkhoi, President Ki Nonsynshar Shnong Umdohlun (KNSU) circle, Ricky Sohlang President HANC, Heksdingland Lyngdoh President Nonsynshar Shnong of seven villages.
It may be noted that some NGOs from South West Khasi Hills had opposed the construction of the road citing that the real motive of the central government in constructing the road is to mine uranium from the area.
Bresswell Paliar acting Lyngdoh of six villages while speaking to reporters said, “Whenever we have a clan meeting I would always ask the people on their views regarding the construction of the road and there has not been a single objection.”
He however said that they would welcome the construction of the road since it will bring development but they are against Uranium mining in the area.
On the opposition from NGOs in constructing the two lane road, he said, “During various meeting we have discussed about the construction of the road but not on uranium mining and there has never been any opposition from any of the people who attend the meetings.”
He said more than 60 villages will benefit from the construction of the two lane road from Nongstoin to Mawthabah.
He informed that the CEM has however not given any assurance regarding the issuing of NOC to UCIL.