The much-awaited facilitation centre at the entry-exit point in Umling, Ri-Bhoi, was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong today.
The pre-fabricated facility was built at a cost of Rs 2.7 crore and similar structures will be set up at other checkpoints in the state.
From today, which was also the day that Meghalaya reopened for outside tourists, visitors to the state have to mandatorily register themselves at the Umling checkpoint. Similar arrangements have also been made at the Umroi Airport, which saw flights to New Delhi commenced.
The facilitation centre shall be under the general direction, control and supervision of the District Task Force of Ri-Bhoi as provided under the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act 2016.
Speaking at the inauguration, Tynsong said, “Visitors will face no hassle while entering the state once they register before their visit or, if they prefer, at the facilitation centre.”
Visitors will have a streamlined experience, with technology and trained staff ensuring that wait times are kept to a minimum.
“We will make sure the system is fast, so don’t hesitate to visit the most beautiful state in India,” Tynsong said to potential visitors.
On other checkpoints, he said the next one to be opened will be in Bajengdoba, North Garo Hills. The land for that checkpoint has been handed over to the government and construction work will begin shortly. Similarly, land for a checkpoint in Ratacherra, East Jaiñtia Hills, has also been handed over to the government.
Another facility will be set up at the Mendipathar Railway Station in the next two to three months.
In total the state government plans to construct 18 such centres all over Meghalaya.
Others present at the function included Minister of Community and Rural Development, Hamletson Dohling, and Agriculture Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh.