The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has sought land from the state government for construction of a new building at Mawdiangdiang, adjacent to the new Meghalaya Legislative Assembly building.
This was informed by KHADC CEM, Pyniaid Sing Syiem during the second day of the winter session today. He said the district council has written to the Urban Affairs department since the present premises is congested and requires ample parking space.
While the state government plans to provide land for the district council at Mawpdang, where the new state administrative block will be shifted, Syiem said they had also written to the urban affairs on this matter expressing its unwillingness due to the distance.
The CEM said a joint inspection for a feasibility study both in Mawdiangdiang and Mawpdang will be held soon.
Pointing out that the that since the salary of the KHADC staff is managed only from the shares of minor-major minerals and forest produce, professional taxes, etc, Syiem said the executive committee desires to rent the current KHADC building that is located in a commercial area to increase revenue generation, if they can shift to a new place.
He also informed that the present KHADC is housed in a land which is about 3 acres. The district council requires land not less than 20 acres for its smooth functioning, he added.
Syiem said that as the district council is facing fund constraints they have requested the state to grant land free of cost.
The CEM also informed that the executive committee has written to the Ministry of the Tribal Affairs with a proposal to construct a Council Bhavan in New Delhi and discussion is on to construct a district council house in Tripura.