The creation of a new public lavatory in Ïewduh has created a foul stench, at least figuratively, with opposing sides arguing about the merits of the convenience.
A new loo has been built in the marketplace but the Hynñiewtrep Ïewduh Association (HIA) has raised a stink about the manner in which it was constructed, claiming that its outlet flows through an area where water pipes have been laid, which risks contamination.
However, the manager, Ridalin Lyngdoh Kynshi, is having none of it and brushed aside any suggestion that the facility was built improperly.
The HIA has plunged in and filed a complaint with the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board over the matter, its president P Ryntathiang and secretar Korbar Lyngdoh Nonglait, said today. The association only took the step after receiving no reply from the Acting Syiem of Hima Mylliem on the issue.
“Many cleanliness and hygiene awareness programmes have been conducted at Ïewduh from time to time and the Hima Mylliem, which is supposed to look at the well-being, cleanliness, and hygiene of the whole of Ïewduh, has no right to allow such illegal construction,” Ryntathiang said.
An official from the pollution board nosed around the site today. The HIA is waiting to see what action, if any, it takes but has not ruled out taking the matter up with higher levels of authority.