As Meghalaya opens itself up for tourists after being shut since March due to COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdown, the state government on Monday had assured that the entry and exit points for those traveling to and from Meghalaya will be hassle-free with “no uneasiness”.
“We will ensure there is no uneasiness at any entry points. We welcome all, be it tourists or people coming for business to the state,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Monday.
He will officially inaugurate the first such entry/exit point at Umling in Ri Bhoi district, which receives most travellers for sharing borders with Northeast commercial hub, Assam capital Guwahati, on December 16, filling in for Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who is recuperating from COVID-19 infection.
“I will inaugurate it in the absence of the Chief Minister,” he said, adding that there would be three counters at the entry/exit point with requisite technology.
Tynsong said that the Health and Family Welfare Department and the Tourism Department would also be involved at these points to monitor the health status of the entrants and assist the visitors.
“Tourism department will also be there to take care of the tourists,” Tynsong said, adding that anybody entering the state will have to register at the entry points.
“Technology is there in the system and everything is integrated. Local or nonlocal, you have to come through the entry point as per the SOP (standard operating procedure) for COVID-19,” he underscored.
“But in the interest of the state and individual’s safety, people have to register their name at all entry points. It is our responsibility to ensure that everybody feels safe,” he iterated.
“I will not say ILP, but registration. This system, to be implemented, is simple and attractive for our friends coming from outside the state. The infiltration wing operationalised in their respective places as usual,” the Deputy Chief Minister maintained.
“Later, we will have entry/exit points at other places of the state as well,” he said.