Dimapur, May 22: The Railway Contractors’ Union Nagaland (RCUN) has sought the attention of the Dimapur district administration to the rampant unauthorized encroachment / construction on Railway land, which, it said, is hindering development of Dimapur Railway Station.
In a letter to the DC Dimapur, RCUN president Niuto Awomi, secretary Mughaho Zhimo and spokesperson Dr Andrew Ahoto Sema reminded that Dimapur Railway Station has already been earmarked as a Model Railway Station for which necessary development activities need to be initiated.
However it lamented that though the Railway Department and RCUN is trying their level best to bring about state-of-the-art development in respect of Dimapur Railway Station, the rampant and illegal encroachments and constructions on land belonging to Railway is proving to be a grave hurdle and unnecessary roadblock.
“Such illegal activities have particularly doubled during the lockdown period due to inability of the Railway authorities to remain vigilant to stop such encroachments as there are restrictions imposed under the provisions of the National Disaster Management Act. Moreover, under Chapter-VIII A of the Railway Act of 1989, there should be adequate demarcation and distance from all railway property including railway tracks and no encroachment or construction should be done anywhere near the railway properties,” it said.
Opining that it is the bounden responsibility of the District authorities to ensure that no illegal encroachment or construction takes place on Government land or property particularly Railway land, the union appealed to the DC Dimapur to take due cognizance of the illegal encroachment and construction on Railway land and issue necessary advisories to the police authority as well as the village / colony councils / GBs, etc. so that stringent action as per Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act 1971 is initiated against the illegal encroachers. It also demanded the immediate arrest and trial of those who have illegally encroached Railway property in the last few months without any bias whatsoever.
The RCUN also requested the general public to learn how to respect and take care of public property including Railway property and not resort to “such unmindful and shameful acts of illegal encroachments and constructions”. It further appealed to concerned civic bodies, village/colony councils, GBs and public leaders to ensure that such illegal practices are checked for the greater benefit of the public. (Page News Service)