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Meghalaya Cabinet clears Ropeway Bill, 2022

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the first route of the ropeway will be from Shillong Peak approximately amounting to Rs 140 crore through the BRICS New Development Bank, that has been sanctioned. 

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Shillong: The Meghalaya cabinet on Wednesday cleared the Meghalaya Ropeway Bill, 2022 which will lay down the procedures for different passenger and tourist ropeways that are in the pipeline. 

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the first route of the ropeway will be from Shillong Peak approximately amounting to Rs 140 crore through the BRICS New Development Bank, that has been sanctioned. 

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He said that the government will be calling the tender for this ropeway project in the next 15 to 30 days.

“The Bill will give a proper structure on how applications can be made for ropeways and the guidelines to be followed for setting up the ropeways, the modalities for licenses and safety measures for putting up the same. This will ensure that a standard procedure is set, keeping in mind the overall safety of the passengers,” the Chief Minister said. 

He said the Bill will be placed before the assembly in the upcoming session. 

The cabinet also approved the issuance of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC). 

Sangma said the approval followed detailed consultation with the three Autonomous District Councils as they had raised some concerns.

“After clarifying their (District Councils) concerns, we have cleared the notification,” he said.

In pursuance to the full separation of Judiciary from the Executive and in the exercise of the power conferred in the provision to sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, (Act 2 of 1974) the Governor of Meghalaya is pleased to apply the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to the Courts in Meghalaya. 

The District Council Courts shall continue to derive powers under paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India,” the notification read.

“The Governor of Meghalaya further directs that not withstanding such application, all actions taken by the District Courts throughout Meghalaya, under the Rules for the Administration of Justice and Police in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills, 1937 and the Rules of Administration of Justice and Police in Garo Hills, 1937 shall deem to have been taken under the relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973,” the notification said.

Further, the cabinet also approved the Meghalaya State Consumer Protection (Mediation) Rules, 2022. 

“This is being done as per rules of Government of India to ensure for any consumer protection issues, the arbitrations can be done at the district level so that they need not come to the appellate authority and smaller cases can be resolved and mediated at the district level,” Sangma said.

Ordinances previously cleared by the cabinet were also approved on Wednesday to be placed before the assembly in the upcoming session. 

These include the Meghalaya Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2022, the Meghalaya Professions, Trades, Callings and Employments Taxation Amendment Bill 2022 and the Meghalaya Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill 2022. 

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