SHILLONG: Chief minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday became the first chief minister of Meghalaya to set foot in Meghalaya’s biggest trading centre—Iewduh in Shillong.
During his visit to Iewduh on Thursday, Dr Sangma was accompanied by Urban Affairs Minister Ronnie V Lyngdoh, Home Minister Roshan Warjri, chieftain of the Hima Mylliem, Ricky Nelson Syiem, myntri and elders of the Hima Mylliem, officers of the Urban Affairs department besides others.
It may be pointed that this year, just within one month, Iewduh received visitors who are in the realms of affairs. Recently, urban affairs minister RV Lyngdoh inspected the biggest market place to discover for himself the trading culture, the unhygienic condition of Iewduh coupled with the improper manner in which waste are being managed in Iewduh, a market place where the Syiem of Hima Mylliem used to carry out rites and rituals once a year.
Speaking on this day, the chief minister said that the Hima Mylliem needs to preserve and protect the sanctity of this market place particularly, by addressing the problems of congestion and unhygienic condition of Iewduh.
Mukul Sangma interacting with vendors at Iewduh market in Shillong
Furthermore, he said that if cleanliness of Iewduh is maintained, then it will become a centre of attraction for tourists even as he mentioned that no tourist will go home empty handed and without having visits the popular market places.
Speaking to media persons, Dr Sangma said that he will soon call a meeting off all his cabinet ministers to discuss on ways and means to give Iewduh a face lift while referring to Iewduh as a source of livelihood for many people of Shillong. After a brief meeting, the CM also visited the different sectors of this market while interacting with the shopkeepers and merchants.