Saturday, October 24, 2020
Nagaland

Landowners demand compensation for land acquisition for SARDP project

Dimapur, September 20: The NH-29 Two Lane Affected Land Owners Committee, Secheku Area (NH-29 TLALOCSA) is a conglomeration of land owners from 6 villages~Mesulumi, Enhulumi, Chizami, Sumi, Losatephe and Losami under Secheku area and whose land are likely to be affected in the process of executing NH-29 two lane widening under SARDP Phase B on EPC mode has welcomed the mega project and expressed gratitude to the Government of India and Government of Nagaland for having approved to construct 2 lane which will pass through their land whereby opening different avenues for the people in general.
However, the NH-29 TLALOCSA said that any damages to be caused to any valuable standing structures, agriculture, horticulture, social forestry, fisheries and any other allied products laying above or below the road and the land must be assessed for compensation as has been mentioned in the Land Acquisition for National Highways under the National Highways Act 1956.
In a press release, NH-29 TLALOCSA convenor, Zechete Mekrisuh and secretary, Kolo Thele said Deputy Commissioner Phek and his subordinate officers delegated to oversee the project in a series of notification and meeting had repeatedly claimed that there is no land compensation and convinced the Village Council Chairmen to signed NOC wherein, condition No. 1 said, ‘No land compensation shall be claimed by the landowners for land to be utilized for this project’.
The Committee opined that this has not only detrimental effects and negates affected land owners in the fight for right to fair compensation under the provision but contradicts with the final Detailed Project Report.
The Committee questioned on what ground has the authorities in concern suppressed and misinterpreted the information about the land compensation when clearly mentioned and provided for in all the official documents.
The land owners expressed anguish over the highhandedness of the district administrative officers and said they were not invited for talk even once also in spite of land owners willing to part their precious land for development.
It maintained, if sidelined further and not taken into confidence and compensated as per the provision, then the NH-29 TLALOCSA will be compelled to fight for their rights legally.
The NH-29 TLALOCSA appealed for transparency and justice to prevail so that the execution of the NH-29 project is not hampered and completed within the stipulated time framed. (Page News Service)

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