SHILLONG, Nov 25 - Meghalaya Chief Secretary, PBO Warjri has offered a fresh plot of land measuring 32 acres to the Defence authorities for the expansion of Umroi Airport.
In the High Court yesterday he stated that the State Government has identified another plot of land measuring 32 acres. However, this land has to be inspected first.
Warjri gave this information before a full bench of the High Court consisting Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh, Justice SR Sen and Justice T Nandakumar Singh.
According to Warjri, the new plot of land is such that it will be acceptable to the Defence authority.
The Defence authority is ready to hand over 32 acres in Umroi in exchange of similar plot of land from the State Government for the expansion of the Umroi project.
The Bench further stated that the Court may be constrained to initiate proceeding against anyone who interferes and tries to impede the progress of the project. During the last hearing, the Bench expressed disappointment on the State bureaucracy in handling the project.
�We cannot rule out the anxiety in the mind of selective few, who may have survived and thrived in power due to ignorance and poverty of native tribes,� said the bench.
It further stated: �That is why there may be last moment frantic efforts to impede the project because with the establishment of Umroi Airport, it is more likely that this State may see a revolutionary change in the mindset, the level of awareness.�