Are you planning to come to Shillong ? Sure, do come. But be prepared to see dilapidated roads, excruciating traffic and garbage.
Back in 90s, Shillong was calm and peaceful place, There is a song in Assamese with the line Shillong’re gudholi, nami ahe kuwoli, meaning The Evening of Shillong is misty and foggy. But right now, Shillong’s evening is full of exhaust and cigarette smoke.
10-15 years ago, Shillong and its tourist places were actually tourist places, where you could feel the fresh chilling air and you could definitely witness Rain in Cherrapunji, the wettest place on Earth. But now, all those tourist places have turned primarily into a commercial money minting hub. You might end up experiencing a hot and humid condition in Cherrapunji rather then rain.
One will still find Cherrapunjee, Mawlynnong, Dawki beautiful but these places are not like what it used to be 10-15 years back. The uncontrolled tourist foot-fall is impacting the environment and this might take a huge toll one day.
I doubt if this city has any kind of administration. I did my schooling in this city, from Nursery to Class X and now I often visit Shillong for work purpose. What I have seen is that, the infrastructure of the city has remained the same all these years. There is no attempt whatsoever, to control the demand of rising population and rising traffic. The width of road has always been same and there is not a single flyover to bypass traffic. Tree cutting is a common sight. Tree cutting seems to be the only solution the Government can think of. The Government departments are pathetic. You can go through the local newspaper named The Shillong Times for news on one or the other non-functioning Government departments.
It makes me very very sad that how a beautiful city has been destroyed, just because of the incompetent administration and recklessness of people.
All is not bad, places like Laitlum, which is not touched by commercialization still holds a lot of natural beauty.
A lot of people will disagree with this article, but time and tide waits for none and Shillong city will face a severe breakdown in next few years if such apathy towards the Environment continues.