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Land owners ultimatum to Rly
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Nov. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Displeased over the delayed payment of compensation to them by the railway authorities which would be slicing through their lands for the proposed railway line from Dimapur to Zubza (Kohima), land owners of four villages namely, Sovima, Tenyiphie, Virazouma and Chumukedima have set November 30 deadline to clear the amount. Resolving this at a meeting held on Tuesday at the CPO Hall Chumukedima, village councils of the four villages and the land owners said that the railway authorities were yet to pay the compensation which it had assured to clear in September this year. Upon enquiry, the land owners said, they learnt that the delay in payment was due to the negotiation with the railway authorities by certain vested individuals who were demanding rates different from the previous agreed amount for the compensation. Stating that any rectification or modification in the rates should be done in the presence of their representatives, the land owners said they would not be held responsible for failing to donate lands for the purpose of the railway line, if the compensation was not cleared in time and rates rectified without their knowledge. They also vowed not to pay any commission to anybody. They said that the rate calculated in terms of per square feet was fixed on June 8, 2009 during a joint meeting of the railway board, state officials and the land owners. Accordingly, the land owners had submitted a representation to the DC Dimapur and a copy endorsed to the NFR wherein they raised few points on the mode of payment for the compensation. One of the points in the representation said that there should not be any kind of tax deduction while making payment to the landowners. Another point stated that the compensation should be paid through bankers cheque to the respective landowners. According to the landowners, the railway authorities had already floated tender for works such as earth filling and culverts even before the payment was made to them. The landowners said they had given their fullest co-operation to the team which surveyed the area for the proposed railway line. Stating that their voices should be heard in time, the village councils and the landowners declared that they could not continue to give their “co-operation to the railways for life-long.” The Dimapur-Zubza (Kohima) (88.4 kms) new line project has been included as National Project to provide rail connectivity to the state capital. A target date of 2014-15 for completion has been fixed.

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