DIPHU: Karbi Bhawan is to be built at a cost of Rs 100 crores from the financial package of Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) at New Delhi and the foundation stone will be laid by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on July 21, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Chief Executive Member(CEM) told media persons at Karbi Hemtun on Friday.
Addressing a press conference in this regard, CEM Ronghang said, “A new Karbi Hemtun will be constructed at Sector 13, Plot No 11 & 12, Dwarka, New Delhi, with a total cost of Rs 100 crores. From this amount Rs 85 crores will be for the building construction and another Rs 15 crores for furniture and interiors. The amount will be spent from the package of MoS.” It may be mentioned here that MoS agreement was signed between the erstwhile disbanded armed organisation United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) of Karbi hills in Assam, and State and Central government, which was spearheading for a separate homeland for the Karbis of Assam.
With the signing of MoS the Central government has granted financial package for carrying out development of the region and the Karbi Bhawan to be built is part of the MoS package. It is also to be mentioned that the Dimasa Bhawan will be constructed at Dwarka, New Delhi and the foundation stone will be laid on the same day on July 21 by Shah.
Ronghang said, “For the construction of Karbi Bhawan, land has been allotted at the location. The time of completion of the Bhawan will be two years.” He also said that with the new Karbi Bhawan to come up in New Delhi specially students and patients Karbi Anglong who go to Delhi for studies and treatment and those for purposes will be benefited as they will get to stay in Bhawan.”
Ronghang also said at Kolkata a four-story building along with the land will be purchased by KAAC as ‘Karbi Bhawan’ and EC resolution has already been taken. Also the earlier Karbi Bhawan at JK-2 S Block 199, in New Delhi will be added with 3 more bedrooms, kitchen attached and a sitting room, Ronghang said.
Ronghang also spoke on the border issue, saying an inch of Karbi Anglong will not be given either to Nagaland or Meghalaya. “We have met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today and apprised him of the border problems of Block I and Block II areas of West Karbi Anglong with Meghalaya. The CM has promised he will visit the border of Karbi Anglong with KAAC team. He has assured to solve the border problems of Karbi Anglong with Meghalaya and Nagaland.
On being asked about not constructed Karbi Hostel in Shillong after the foundation stone was laid on June 5, 2015, when Khorsing Engti was the HAD minister and himself (Tuliram Ronghang) as CEM of KAAC, the CEM said the blame was on the part of contractor as work was not started. A show-cause notice was served against the contractor. Now Contractor Suku Bhatta has taken up the work which will start from August.
Apart from the Union Home Minister Amit Shah as chief guests, other invited guests like Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State (independent charge) DONER etc, Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Food Precessing Indistustries, Rameswar Tel, Kiran Rijiju and Assam Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma including, HAD Minister Sum Ronghang, MLAs from the hill districts, EMs and MACs of KAAC and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council are invited, Ronghang informed.
KAAC, CEM, Tuliram Ronghang and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, CEM, Debolal Garlosa on behalf of the people of the three hill districts of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao have invited the Union Home Minister Shah to lay the foundation stone of both Karbi Bhawan and Dimasa Bhawan.