DIBRUGARH, March 1 � The ongoing construction works on National Highway -52 (B) under Trans Arunachal Highway has come to a sudden halt for an indefinite period, particularly in the district following a strike launched by the affected villagers over alleged discrepancies in payment of compensation for their land.
More than 1500 affected families have been crying for justice since the past three years over payment of compensations for their acquisitioned land and zirat. The affected villagers have now launched an indefinite sit-in demonstration over the NH 52 at Nahajar village near Borborooah since February 21, 2016. The farmers under the banner of NH52 (B) Khyotigrosto Suraksha Sammittee Joutho Manch have alleged that the district administration did not follow the law of the land while carrying out acquisition for the National Highway. The members of the Manch have said that they will not allow further construction if they were not paid fair compensation as per existing rules.
The NH 52 from Arunchal Pradesh end to Borborooah near here touches some 52 villages in the district. The road has been constructed at some stretches but the other stretches have been suspended. The leaders of the NH52 (B) Khyotigrosto Suraksha Sammittee Joutho Manch have earlier lodged protests before the offices of the district administration, ministers and also submitted relevant memorandums.
They have also discussed the matter with those in the corridors of power but have failed to get justice.
The Bolindra Saikia, a leader of the organisation said that the Manch would organise a mass convention on March 20 to discuss their future course of action. The leaders of the Manch have said that some drastic resolutions would be taken during the convention to assert their rights.