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PIL challenges land compensation for airfield

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Jan 24 - The much-talked-about Greenfield Airfield proposed to be constructed at Hollongi has been dragged into the court of law.

Justices M Zothankhuma and S Shyam of Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court, while hearing a PIL on January 20 last, has observed that �it is necessary for the State respondents to clarify certain points which would be relevant while deciding whether the present case is to be admitted or not� before asking for issuing notices to the respondents No. 7 to 12, returnable on January 27 next.

The PIL, filed by one Tadar Takio, has challenged the State Govt�s reported move to pay compensation to 500 individuals for acquisition of land for the proposed Airport at Hollongi.

The petitioner contended that the proposal to pay compensation to the 500 individuals should not be allowed as the �land in question� is reserve forest area.

The petitioner�s counsel also submitted that the 500 individuals who have been settled on the land on which the proposed Airport is to be constructed are not the owners of the land and as such, the question of payment of compensation does not arise.

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