DIMAPUR, May 4 - The NH-29 Land Owners� Union (Purana Bazaar to Chumukedima) alleged that the landowners have not been paid compensation for their land under the ongoing four-lane NH-29 construction project from Purana Bazaar to Chumukedima here. They asked the State Government to resolve the land compensation issue within May 15.
The union�s information and publicity secretary, Kewetso Kenye, in a release today, said the office-bearers of the union had submitted a memorandum to Dimapur DC Kevekha Kevin Zehol in this regard on May 1. The union told the DC in a meeting that the union�s cooperation for successful implementation of the highway project now depended on the Government�s response to the issue, the release added.
The union also alleged that many commercial buildings were being demolished in clear violation of the High Court�s standing order. It warned of taking its own course of action to safeguard the inalienable rights of the landowners if the demolition drive continues.
The release said the DC acknowledged the rights of the landowners during the meeting and assured full cooperation by expediting the matter to ensure that they are not deprived of their rights. He also urged the union not to obstruct the ongoing construction activities.
In another appeal on Saturday, the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of Niuland Area Students� Union (NASU) and Ato Area Students� Union (AASU) urged the State Government to restore the road between 4th Mile and Niuland here.
JCC convener Yepeto Aye, co-convenor H Hisaka Kibami and secretary Kaka K Holo, in a representation to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, pointed out that the road has been left unattended to, and urged him to immediately address the hardships faced by the public.
The organisation said no visible action has been taken till date despite highlighting the deplorable condition of the road through local dailies and reminders to the Executive Engineer (Roads & Bridges), Dimapur division, in this regard.
It appealed to the Chief Minister to intervene and ensure �complete strengthening� of the priority road�, failing which it would be compelled to resort to any democratic measures to express resentment.