SHILLONG, Aug 25 - Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court Justice Mohammed Yaqoob Mir administered the oath of office to Governor Tathagatha Roy at the Raj Bhavan here today.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and several of his Cabinet colleagues, besides senior officials and other dignitaries.
Roy was appointed the Meghalaya Governor by the President of India on August 21. He is the 17th Governor of the State and has taken over charge from Ganga Prasad, who has been transferred as the Governor of Sikkim.
Speaking to reporters, Roy said, being transferred to Shillong was like a �homecoming� as he spent his early childhood here. �In fact my brother, Saugata Roy, who is an MP, was born here at the Ganesh Das Hospital and I know this city like the back of my hand.�
He, however, noticed the vast change the city has undergone over the years, especially traffic and the architecture. Roy said that in earlier times, there were only Assam-type houses. �Now there are these monstrosities that have grown up,� the Governor said, adding that at some point of time he would be lending his views on the architecture of the city.
On the traffic, Roy said due to his 18 years of association with the Kolkata Metro Project, he does know a �thing or two� about traffic problem and would give his suggestions. �Due to the topography here, we cannot have road widening projects and also flyovers, so there has to be emphasis on public transport. Private transport should be discouraged to reduce road occupancy,� he added.