SHILLONG, MAY 17: The State Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal for renaming the Lady Hydari Park after a first Khasi woman freedom fighter ‘Ka Phan Nonglai’.
“We have also passed the decision to rename the Lady Hydari Park to Ka Phan Nonglait Park,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma told reporters after chairing the meeting.
Stating that the government had in fact taken this decision a very long time back, Sangma however said, “This again has been going up and down because of the administrative complications that took place earlier but we have finally today cleared this proposal and renaming the Lady Hydari Park to Ka Phan Nonglait Park.”
In the recent past, the Khasi Students’ Union had been continuously replacing the signboard renaming the Lady Hydari Park to ‘Phan Nonglait Park’ after the government failed to implement its own notification issued on September 11, 2001 for renaming the city park.
Phan Nonglait was the first Khasi woman who revolted against the British during the time of freedom fighter U Tirot Sing Syiem between 1829 and 1833.