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PVC warns possible lawsuit & restriction on interstate vehicular movement as NHIDCL withdraw works on NH-129A

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JULY 1: Objecting to what it alleged was the NHIDCL’s unilateral decision to withdraw works at the 2.88 km stretch in Peren Town as part of the NH-129A package, the Peren Village Council (PVC) issued a set of warnings including possible lawsuit and restriction on interstate vehicular movement.
In a representation submitted to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on June 30, the PVC warned that if the NHIDCL “superimposes its decision”, then the Council would be compelled to withdraw all NOCs previously issued regarding NH-129A Package 1 (within one-month), file PIL and sue NHIDCL/State Government for all damages including land from River Tepuiki till Peren Town, and restrict interstate movement of vehicles along NH-129A (Package 1).
“During the initial years when the road project was conceptualised, several rounds of talk and parley were held with village authorities and elders of Tampung, Ziumi, Bakie, Zie Bendramai, Willong till Maram (Manipur State) wherein all village authorities lying along this route, at that point of time, agreed to part with our lands for construction of this important route, without seeking for any land compensation whatsoever from the Government.
“That, on November 3, 2015, Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, in the august presence of the then Chief Minister Nagaland TR Zeliang, laid the foundation stone for construction of NH-129A”, it stated.
When the initial survey was started by NHIDCL sometime in July of 2018, several landowner villages, including Peren Village, had proposed for change in alignment in certain sections of NH-129A, which was denied on the grounds that any major change in alignment would require approval of MORTH, it stated.
According to the Council, considering the importance of NH-129A and as requested by the State Government as well as NHIDCL officials, it issued the NOC on the premise that NH-129A (Package 1 in particular) would be constructed along the existing route.
“That, actual construction of NH-129 A (Package1) over a stretch of 17.281 km started sometime on December 4 of 2020 and even after a lapse of 2 years 6 months, Peren Town Stretch of 2.5 km and 300 metres (Peren Kipeuzang) have not started and remain incomplete to this day. To this effect, the public have undergone mental trauma and have not undertaken developmental work along this route”, it stated.
The Council maintained that the NHIDCL decision ~ conveyed through a letter dated May 26, 2023 ~ has betrayed and breached the mutual understanding, agreement between the State Government and NHIDCL on one end and the stakeholders including village councils and public on the other.
“This unilateral, blatant and prejudicial decision, is unwarranted and uncalled for and hereby condemned. It ignores the sacrifice and aspirations of the people, lacks compassion and fails to understand the ground realities. The Landowner Villages was never consulted as it did when NOC was first obtained. It also ironically negates the decision of Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government Letter No. NHIDCL/Nagaland VIP Reference/2019 June 6, 2022, which truly but surely honour and reflect the sentiments of the public”, it stated.
(Page News Service)

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