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Clarify status of remaining balance of compensation money: JAC to Wokha DC

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 10: The Joint Action Committee on NH-2 two-lane construction (Km 72.40-Km 83.00), Wokha village, has sought clarification from Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, on the remaining balance in R/O Compensation Money with reference to 2-lane construction of NH-2 within Wokha district.
It also gave a timeframe of 7 days failing which it said it would be compelled to approach the high office of the Lokayukta, Nagaland, on the same.
In a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, JAC Convenor, Chibenthung P Kikon and secretary, Echungthung Murry stated that as per the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India Technical Note NH-12014/64/2018/NG/Zone-V dated 8th January 2020, Page 5 of 7, Serial No. 21, an amount of Rs.1726.64 Lakhs is indicated against “Damage Compensation (R&R) for widening from Km 72.40 to Km 83 on NH 61” for both “as proposed by State PWD” and “Amount Now Proposed”.
Further, as per Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, note to Chief Engineer, PWD (NH), Nagaland vide ANNEXURE-II, RW/GHT/DP/NG/NH(O)/2019-20/104/120 dated 16th February, 2022 on the subject “Widening of existing single/intermediate lane road to 2-lane road from km 72.40 to km 83.00 on NH-61 in the State of Nagaland on EPC mode. (Job No.061/NG/2019-20/104) – Approval of additional damage compensation – reg.”, it is clearly mentioned in Point No.2: “The proposal has been examined and based on the recommendations from the State Government, competent authority in the Ministry has approved additional damage compensation amount of Rs.52,75,800/- which shall be met out from the Contingency provision of the instant job.”
The JAC pointed that both adds up to a total of Rs.17,79,39,800.
It also cited RTI reply furnished to WVYO by the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, vide No. Judl-3/RTI/2018-19 dated Wokha, the 19th June 2023 with subject “Furnishing of Information Under RTI ACT 2005” wherein “copies of APRs regarding payment of damage compensation pertaining to widening of existing single/intermediate lane road to 2-lane road from km 72.40 to 83.00 on NH-61” have been provided, the total compensation money distributed to all stakeholders till date adds up to Rs.16,03,62,693.
In the interest of fairness, transparency, and building up and restoring the trust, goodwill and confidence of the general public in the authorities concerned, the JAC requested the Deputy Commissioner to clarify the status of the remaining balance of said compensation money currently held in the account of Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, within a period of 7 days from the date of issue of this letter failing which “we shall be compelled to approach the high office of the Lokayukta, Nagaland, on the same.”
(Page News Service)

Wokha witnesses total shutdown

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 10: Wokha entered its third day of its total shutdown, with various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) intensifying the protest by locking down the Deputy Commissioner’s office, closing the Sub-Divisional Officer (National Highway) Wokha office, and imposing a complete stop on vehicular movement and commercial activities, according to Akashvani News.
With no response from authorities, the CSOs have also decided to extend the total lockdown. Earlier during the day, public gathered at Police Point, Wokha, to show their support toward the band and urged the Government to provide an amicable solution at the earliest.
(Page News Service)