The Assembly met at 10 A.M. with the Speaker in the Chair.
The day was devoted for transaction of Primate Members' Business.
Written replies to Unstarred Questions No. 88 to No. 123 were furnished to the members.
Shri H. Hadem (MUPP) focused the attention of the House to the frequent traffic blockade on the Shillong - Jowai Road, as a result of which other travelers were being subjected to a great deal of hardship.
The Minister for Public Works, Shri R. Lyngdoh, informed the House that the road had initially been constructed with the specification for meeting the daily need of 15-20 commercial vehicles, but of late daily 900 to 1,400 commercial vehicles had been plying on this road. He further stated that the Government had moved the Ministry of Shipping and Transport for approval and funds for increasing the width of the road to 7 meters, but in view of paucity of fund the Ministry had agreed to the road being widened to only 5.5. meters only.
The Minister for Transport, Shri G. Mylliemngap, also stated that Government had taken steps to control traffic at vulnerable points al along this road so as to avoid blockade.
(a) The Minister for Transport, Shri G. Mylliemngap, also stated that Government had taken steps to control traffic at vulnerable points all along this road so as to avoid blockade.
(a) The Minister for Health, Shri S. K. Marak, resumed his reply on the discussion on the following motion moved by Shri J. Khonglah, (MUPP) on March 27,1984 :-
"This House do now discuss the administration/performance of the Health Department".
The Minister assured the House that the Government would continue in its efforts to improve the service conditions of doctors and other para-medical staff and modernise and expand the existing Health Establishments.
(b) Shri H.E. Pohshna (MUPP) moved :-
"This House do now discuss about the mode of functioning of the Meghalaya State Electricity Board in the rural areas of the State".
The mover complained that the supply of power specially in the rural areas was not upto the mark and much needed to be done to improve the service of the Board.
Shri H. Hadem (MUPP) Shri Gerson Lyngdoh (MUPP) Shri Nit Shabong (MDF) and Shri B.B. Lyngdoh (MUPP) expressed identical views with the mover of the motion.
The Minister for Power, Shri g. Mylliemngap, stated in reply that several factors were responsible for disruption of power supply, but assured the House that Government would be unsparing in its efforts to overcome all the House that Government would be unsparing in its efforts to overcome all local difficulties so as to ensure uninterruption supply of power.
(c) Motion No.3 was not moved :-
(d) Shri Gerson Lyngdoh (MUPP) moved :-
"This House do now discuss about the deplorable condition of roads in Shillong Town".
The mover wanted the P.W.D. to make serious efforts to improve the roads, particularly the road winding across Bara Bazar.
Shri Korbar Singh, Shri B. M. Lanong, Shri P.R. Kyndiah and Shri H. Hadem (all MUPP) also participated.
The Minister for Public Works, Shri R. Lyngdoh, stated that most roads in Shillong were constructed long age to meet the requirement at that time. he regretted that there was not much scope for widening the roads to meet the requirements of a fast developing town along with the increase in traffic. However, he assured the House that the Government would be doing its best to improve the condition of the roads within the permissible limits of available fund.
Sd/- T. Cajee,
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.