Transmit movement via Meghalaya to parts of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram will not be affected, albeit, an entry/exit point will start functioning from this week in Ri Bhoi district.
The entry/exit point at Umling in Ri Bhoi district will be inaugurated by deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on December 16 at 11 am.
Tynsong will do the honours in the absence of chief minister Conrad K Sangma who is under home quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19 on December 11.
Talking about the operationalization of the entry/exit point, Tynsong told reporters on Monday that the departments which will be part of the system include the health department for monitoring the coming in of people and the status of their health, besides the tourism department which will take care of tourists.
“People will have to register at the entry point. There are three counters at the entry point and the technology is there in the system and everything is integrated,” he said.
According to Tynsong, locals or non-locals have to come through the entry point and adhere to the SOP for COVID-19.
“We will ensure no uneasiness in the entry point and we welcome all, be it tourists or people coming for business. But for the interest of themselves and government, and to feel safe, people have to register at the entry point. It is our responsibility also to ensure that everybody feels safe. The system to be implemented is simple and attractive for our friends coming in from outside,” Tynsong informed.
Tynsong said that the government would also construct entry/exit points in different parts of the state.
He also informed that the infiltration wing of the state police would continue to function in their respective places.
On transit movement of vehicles via Meghalaya to other states, Tynsong said that vehicles coming from Assam to Silchar or Tripura are checked as usual at the infiltration checkpoints including Byrnihat.
“Therefore the entry point will not affect the transit movement because there is an existing system in the infiltration checkpoint to check the vehicles,” the deputy chief minister clarified.