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Govt rate for land on rly project
Published on 18 Apr. 2010 12:33 AM IST
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Responding to press statements in the media, over the proposed railway line from Dimapur to Kohima, the transport department has issued a clarification to “allay misunderstanding on the issue”, said additional secretary transport N.Hangsing.
The department said the issue also figured at the recent assembly session wherein the chief minister said land acquisition could not be finalized owing to high rates demanded and thereby causing delay of the railway project.
It said the railways had already sanctioned Rs.887.05 crore for the project which also included Rs.22.26 crore for land compensation.
However, as per the demands of the land owners with rates varying from Rs.150 to Rs.200 per square feet, the total cost for land acquisition alone would jump up to Rs.1193 crore, it said.
It said the state cabinet at its meeting on April 13 seriously thought of an alternate route from Dhansiripar railway station (Assam) to Kohima but decided to reduce the compensation rate through negotiations. The state government had decided land compensation for the railway project will be: Rs.60 per square feet between Dimapur and Chumukedima; and not more than Rs.2 per square feet in the hilly section and also not more than Rs.10 per square feet for developed terraced fields in the hill section.
The GM (NST), Director Land Records & Survey and DC Dimapur have been entrusted with the task
The state government has decided to pay Rs.60 per square feet to the Affected Land Owners Committee as uniform rate and if land owners in the hill section also agreed in writing to the rate as above, the government would once again take up the matter with the railways to the suggestion.
On the proposed expansion of Dimapur airport, it was revealed that the land owners (Aoyimti and Hollohon villages) demanded Rs.600 per square feet while the DC Dimapur recommended Rs.450 per square feet. However the government felt the rate recommended was “excessive.”
The department also noted that the land owners issue has become one of the major obstacles against major developmental projects in the state and therefore sought the cooperation and support of the public in this regard.
The department also expressed regrets, if any of the land owners were hurt or offended by news reports on the issue.

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