Shillong, July 28: The administration of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Hima Mylliem, one of the Khasi “states”, today resolved to give a facelift to Iewduh, the oldest and the largest traditional market in Meghalaya’s capital.
This decision was taken during a meeting between the regional parties-led executive committee of the council which was headed by chief executive member (CEM) Ardent M. Basaiawmoit and representatives of Hima Mylliem led by its syiem (chief) Latho Manik Syiem.
While deciding to redevelop the biggest commercial hub, the meeting also considered a few measures to address the plight of vendors, traders and particularly farmers who are facing hardship when they come to Iewduh to sell their agricultural produce.
The meeting between the council and Hima Mylliem took place after Basaiawmoit, on a surprise visit to the market on July 23, witnessed the unhygienic conditions.
The farmers and vendors aired their grievances, especially collection of “tax” from various goods and deduction of 1kg by middlemen from every 10kg of crops sold by farmers.
The meeting has taken some of the major decisions to give a facelift to the market and restore its lost glory.
The steps include developing a few areas in the market, including an area occupied by tomato sellers, identify more places for vendors who sell wholesale goods, maintain cleanliness in the market, including construction of a few more public latrines and proper collection and dumping of waste.
The other steps are:
n No one would be allowed to convert shops into residence
n No collection of tax from goods below 50kg
n Deductions of any kind should stop immediately from any goods, especially agricultural produce sold in the market, removal of illegal parking and collection of parking fee
n Stalls or restaurants involved in selling illicit liquor within the market will be closed down
n Steps will be taken to decongest the market including removal of old and damaged water pipes of Shillong Municipal Board
n All porters (coolies) must register with Hima Mylliem and apply for labour licence from the KHADC and possess badges
n Steps will be taken to stop thefts
Basaiawmoit told reporters that a public meeting would be organised at Iewduh on August 12 to inform people especially vendors and traders about the measures adopted by both the council and Hima Mylliem.
On the presence of licensed wine shops at Iewduh, Basaiawmoit said the first priority would be to close down stalls and restaurants selling liquor illegally.
Iewduh is the hub of trade and commerce under the direct management of Hima Mylliem.
The chief of Hima Mylliem appreciated the initiatives and assured full cooperation to the council to work towards restoring the glory of Iewduh.
“We express our appreciation to the present executive committee of the council and we will work together to solve the problems,” Syiem said.
Hima Mylliem has its own police for maintaining law and order at Iewduh, besides 50 sweepers to clean the market.