Press Release: 4-lane highway project
12th February, 2016
ACAUT Nagaland is extremely disturbed by news report on the plight of the affected land owners of 4-lane highway project from Patkai/Chumukedima Bridge to Kushiabill village under Dimapur District.The supposed‘decision’ of the National Highway Industrial Development Corporation Ltd.’s(NHIDCL) to pay compensation on installment basis citing ‘lack of funds’smells fishy. In all likelihoodit smacks of conspiracy and the role of the State government in this whole sordid affair is also questionable. When the project is already sanctioned and work supposed to start from March 2016, as declared by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari during his visit to the State in Nov 2015, that there should be now ‘constraint of funds’excuse for land compensation purpose is shocking to say the least. Under the present circumstances, it is hard to believe that NHIDCL, mandated to build 10,000 km of roads in the Northeast is as broke as the State government! The conspiratorial delay in the release of compensation amount is the sole reason for the ruckus being created in the first place.One of the great scam in the State is to deposit development funds or even salaries in the banks and usurp the interest money generated by delaying the money release for as long as possible. With the land compensation amount running into hundreds of Crores of rupees, the possibility of delay on this count is too strong to be discounted. The ACAUT Nagaland demands that both the NHIDCL and the State government immediately and clearly clarify on this vexed land/building compensation controversy at the earliest.
ACAUT is all too aware that this 4-laning project was originally supposed to have taken off in 2004 and necessarily completed by nowif the project amount hadn’t been pocketed by certain politicians;the Guwahati-Shillong sector sanctioned much later is now completed.The resentment and agitation by the land owners against the reported decision to pay land compensation on installment basis is totally justified.It is simply injustice that people whose homes areto be razed down should be paid in installments since they’d require every penny of the compensation amount to start their lives elsewhere. Rather, the authorities should be thankful that the land owners have agreed to give their land for development of 4-lane highway in the larger interest of development and economic prosperity.Also, the estimation of lands and buildings for compensation was done as per 2013 and therefore, the pertinent question is; if in case the land owners demand rate revision in tandem with the present prevailing market rate, should the State government allow the project to be delayed or derailed on this count?
The ACAUT Nagaland demands that the full compensation amount should be paid without any further delay and any entity derailing the project under whatever circumstances shall be held accountable. In short, the ACAUT Nagaland will not allow lame excuses to derail the 4-lane project under any circumstances and it is prepared to follow the project at every step of the way to ensure a transparent process in its implementation. The ACAUT Nagaland further cautions that the authorities involved in the release of compensation should hold no illusion of hoodwinking the people for their personal greed.
11th February, 2016
ACAUT Nagaland is extremely concerned by news report on the plight of the affected land owners of 4-lane highway project from Patkai/Chumukedima Bridge to Kushiabill village under Dimapur District. The resentment and agitation by the land owners against the decision of the National Highway Coporation Ltd (NHIDCL) to pay the land compensation on installment basis is totally justified. The NHIDCL reason to pay compensation on installment basis citing lack of funds is totally unacceptable and in all likely hood smacks of corruption. It is simply not justified that people whose homes are been taken for construction of 4-lane road should be paid installment since they require every penny of the compensation to rehabilitate elsewhere, the authorities should be thankful that in the first place the land owners have agreed without any resistance to allow construction of 4-lane highway for larger interest of public.
Secondly the delay in release of compensation is also not acceptable when cost of land and building materials are going up every year, thus the estimation of lands and buildings for compensation done at 2013 rate or before is also grossly unfair, the land owners have every right to demand for revised rate in tandem with the prevailing market rate in order that they can at least rehabilitate within their familiar locality.
Therefore ACAUT Nagaland demands that the NHIDCL release the full compensation without any further delay in the interest of the public and in the event of further delay the landowners should demand revision of rates based on prevailing market rates. ACAUT Nagaland further cautions that in this age of information and heighten awareness among the people, the authorities involved in the release of compensation should hold no illusion of hoodwinking the people for their personal greed.
Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland.