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Delay in compensation by NHAI irks citizens

By Correspondent

TEOK, Sept 26 � Farmers and land owners, whose land have been acquired for widening the NH-37 from Jorhat to Demow, are complaining about delay in payment of compensation by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The preliminary process of acquisition of land for widening the NH-37 from Jorhat to Demow, covering a distance of 81.8 km, under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) was started way back in 2005. However, the process of land acquisition and payment of compensation to the land owners have not been initiated till date.

On Monday, a delegation of land owners, whose lands were acquired for widening the highway, met Fakrul Islam, PD, Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the NHAI at Sivasagar office and submitted a memorandum to expedite the process of land acquisition and payment of compensation.

The land owners alleged that NHAI has failed to keep its own commitment.

�Officials of NHAI earlier committed to release the compensation by August, 2011, which was later extended to September, 2011 but in reality, they are making false promise,� said Surajit Kumar Boruah, a land owner. �We have fixed a deadline in this regard and if the NHAI fails to pay the compensation within the stipulated time, we would resort to a democratic movement,� he added.

Meanwhile, Pradip Chutia, president of Teok Banijya Santha, said that as NH-37 passes through Teok LAC and all commercial establishments are on the sides of NH-37, the business community would be the worst sufferer if the process of compensation is delayed.

He alleged that traders of Teok were denied any financial support by the banks as loans were not sanctioned on the mortgage of such property which were supposed to be acquired by NHAI.

Speaking to this correspondent, the PIU Project Director said that the process of land acquisition and payment of compensation to the land owners would start from the first week of November, 2011 after finalising all formalities at Guwahati office and later at NHAI�s headquarters in New Delhi.

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Delay in compensation by NHAI irks citizens

TEOK, Sept 26 � Farmers and land owners, whose land have been acquired for widening the NH-37 from Jorhat to Demow, are complaining about delay in payment of compensation by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The preliminary process of acquisition of land for widening the NH-37 from Jorhat to Demow, covering a distance of 81.8 km, under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) was started way back in 2005. However, the process of land acquisition and payment of compensation to the land owners have not been initiated till date.

On Monday, a delegation of land owners, whose lands were acquired for widening the highway, met Fakrul Islam, PD, Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the NHAI at Sivasagar office and submitted a memorandum to expedite the process of land acquisition and payment of compensation.

The land owners alleged that NHAI has failed to keep its own commitment.

�Officials of NHAI earlier committed to release the compensation by August, 2011, which was later extended to September, 2011 but in reality, they are making false promise,� said Surajit Kumar Boruah, a land owner. �We have fixed a deadline in this regard and if the NHAI fails to pay the compensation within the stipulated time, we would resort to a democratic movement,� he added.

Meanwhile, Pradip Chutia, president of Teok Banijya Santha, said that as NH-37 passes through Teok LAC and all commercial establishments are on the sides of NH-37, the business community would be the worst sufferer if the process of compensation is delayed.

He alleged that traders of Teok were denied any financial support by the banks as loans were not sanctioned on the mortgage of such property which were supposed to be acquired by NHAI.

Speaking to this correspondent, the PIU Project Director said that the process of land acquisition and payment of compensation to the land owners would start from the first week of November, 2011 after finalising all formalities at Guwahati office and later at NHAI�s headquarters in New Delhi.

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