Meghalaya to emulate Gujarat model

SHILLONG, Feb 28 – Meghalaya would learn from Gujarat’s success story in reaping benefit from its highly efficient Integrated Check Gates (ICGs), with an Assembly committee slated to visit the BJP-ruled State to learn what the western State can share about ICGs.

Sources said the Assembly Committee appointed to look into illegal check gates in the State have almost completed its report after having summoned and questioned several State Government officers. The report would be tabled during the current session of the Assembly scheduled to begin from March 9. The State Government is seriously trying to set up ICGs in line with Gujarat.

A member of the committee said that Gujarat has one of the highest toll gate collections, which runs into billions of rupees annually. “The technology and the firmness with which the toll is collected on its roads and highways in Gujarat is something that Meghalaya can learn and emulate,” the member said.

He added that the team would visit Gujarat for two days and meet officials who are responsible for the smooth operations of the ICGs. The team would incorporate some of the “good practices” of Gujarat’s ICGs and suggest those in its report to the Assembly for emulation in Meghalaya.

The Assembly formed the committee headed by Congress legislator Lakhmen Rymbui on March 25 last year. The other members of the committee include Conrad Sangma, leader of the Opposition from NCP, Marcuise N Marak (NCP), Paul Lyngdoh (KHNAM), Adviser Pariong (HSPDP), Ismail R Marak (Independent), Comingone Yambon (Congress) and Metbah Lyngdoh (UDP).

The committee is divided into two sub-committees, one headed by Marcuise N Marak looking into illegal toll collection on National Highway-62. The other sub-committee is headed by Paul Lyngdoh to look into illegal toll collections on National Highway-40 and 44.