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Meeting held inside cave in Meghalaya

Meghalaya government officials, stakeholders at the meeting inside the Syndai cave in Jaintia Hills district bordering the Indo-Bangla border on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent AMLAREM (MEGHALAYA), FEB 3:
Published on 4 Feb. 2010 12:45 AM IST
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After Maldives held its cabinet meeting underneath the pristine Indian Ocean, Nepal atop the sun-kissed Mt. Everest, now Meghalaya officials went into huddled inside the cave. Tourism officials’ village council heads, NGOs, tour operators and taxi drivers held their meeting inside a dimly-lit cave in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills along Indo-Bangla border. The conference room was of impressive proportions, 25 meter height and 30 meter width, architected with stalactites and stalagmites with only solar lanterns, torches and Dongmusas (lighted bamboo torches) as accompaniments during the meeting. This place was the favoured hideout for erstwhile Jaintia royals in times of war for strategising and regrouping. “We met to promote tourism, but it was also an effort to draw attention on the issue of cave preservation in the State,” Jaintia Hills District Additional Deputy Commissioner Barnari Mawlong, who chaired the unique meeting, said. Many of the caves in Jaintia Hills are under threat due to rampant unscientific mining by cement plants in the district. Krem Lait Phrah-Um Im-Labit in the district has been mapped as one of the longest caves in Asia by speleologists, but the cave is under threat due to limestone mining in the area. In fact, the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, which in turn directed that a team of experts be appointed to assess whether increasing industrial activity was threatening the caves in Jaintia Hills. The organisation so far has registered and recorded over 1000 caves in Meghalaya of which 520 caves has been mapped yielding a cave passage of 280 km. The unique meeting had an immediate bearing with forest and environment minister, RC Laloo saying: “these caves need to be protected; we are looking in terms of strengthening the forest and environment department.”

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