DIBRUGARH, Aug 29 - The �land-affected� families along the National Highway 37 within Moran revenue circle, seeking adequate compensation for the land acquisitioned and zirat, have urged upon the Upper Assam Commissioner cum Arbitrator under the National Highway Act, 1956, to expedite the process for consideration of enhancement of the amount payable to them as per the directive of the Gauhati High Court.
It may be mentioned here that the land acquisition branch of Dibrugarh had acquired land and other properties for the purpose of widening the National Highway 37 to four-lane and, as such, several standing structures were demolished. Several land affected families have alleged that they have not been compensated adequately.
Atul Borah, one of the land affected, was in possession and occupation of 11/164 ORR Grant land under Khowang Mouza, Moran revenue Circle and the land measuring about 608ft x 42 ft was being utilised by him for conducting his business by constructing furniture shop, hotel, grocery, godown besides one Assam type house roof with concrete walls and floors. Borah said that the value of his property as per the market value was Rs 1,60,00,000 but was paid Rs 10,19,464 only.
Borah had approached the Gauhati High Court, stating that the compensation paid to him was grossly inadequate. But the High Court directed him to file an application under Section 3G (5) of the National Highway Act. 1956 to the Arbitrator appointed by the Central government. The Gauhati High Court had also said that the Arbitrator shall dispose of the claim, preferably within a period of six months.
Atul Borah said that nearly five months have passed after he filed an application before the Upper Assam Commissioner cum Arbitrator under the National Highway Act, 1956, but he has not received any response.