James Sangma. File image

The Meghalaya government would take up with the Centre for making a land custom station (LCS) functional at Balat along the Indo-Bangla border in East Khasi Hills district.

Meghalaya Home Minister James K Sangma in his reply in the State Assembly on Thursday to a query raised by Congress MLA from Mawsynram, HM Shangpliang said the District Industries Centre of the State had sent a team a week ago to examine the proposal and a report was submitted.

Sangma said that during the 10th bilateral meeting between India and Bangladesh held in New Delhi, it was agreed to examine the need to re-open the Balat LCS.

He also informed that the report was forwarded to the Central government for taking necessary action based on the report received from the State government.

James said that the state government would take up with the Central government so that it should take up the matter with the Bangladesh government.

To a query raised by Shangpliang, James said that the Balat LCS has been non-functional because the amount of trade was not there and exporters were not showing interest.

Shangpliang also requested the state government to consider renaming the Balat LCS to Dangar LCS since the land custom station geographically is being located at Dangar village.

Dangar and Balat fall under Mawsynram constituency.

On Shangpliang’s plea, the Home Minister assured that the matter would be taken up with the Centre as naming of any land custom station is being done by the Centre.


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