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Dmu-Zubza railway linere-alignment proposed
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Mar. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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After the proposal for expansion of Dimapur Airport was abandoned and reports of re-alignment of 4-lane from Dimapur to Kohima, both due to problem with land acquisitions, chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Monday informed the Assembly that the railway ministry has proposed an alternative alignment for construction of railway line from Dimapur to Kohima, which was yet to be discussed between the ministry and the state government.
Rio said that the proposed 88 km railway line from Dimapur to Zubza would be re-aligned from Dhansiriphar via Shoxuvi village as the rate demanded by the landowners were exorbitant. He said that the land owners were demanding Rs 600 per square feet.
Lamenting that land acquisition has been a major problem for development, Rio said that the railway authorities were not in a position to fulfill the conditions put forward by the Thahekhu village. He said the village has demanded for service posts in railway department and other facilities in the village which the authorities were not in a position to implement.
Rio said that the problem for the railway line not only lay with the Thahekhu village but also with the Dimapur Zoological Park where the railway line has to be laid and which needed clearance from union ministry of environment.
He said that the railway ministry has so far sanctioned Rs. 22 crore for the land acquisition, but if the state government has to go by the demand of the landowners then the expense could cross over Rs.100 crores.
The chief minister appreciated the concerns raised by the members of the Opposition including Leader of Opposition Tokheho, MLA I. Imkong and MLA C. Apok Jamir.
In his written reply to Congress MLA Tokheho, parliamentary secretary for transport, Dako Phom said that the tender was floated by the railways for construction of the first leg of the railway line from KM 14.00 with tender amount of Rs.81.57 crores. He, however, said that the tender was discharged/lapsed due to problems in land acquisition, due to demand of high rates by the land owners, non furnishing of alignment etc.
He also informed that the time scheduled for completion of work could be worked out only after the issue of land acquisition was resolved and required land handed over to the railways.
In the case of land acquisition for expansion of Dimapur airport, Rio said that for the sake of carrying on with the project, the state government was ready to pay even upto to Rs. 400.
Both the chief minister and the parliamentary secretary for transport told the Assembly that they had to discard the proposal for expansion of Dimapur airport due to exorbitant rates from the landowners. They said government was looking for new suitable site. Unable to cope with the exorbitant rates of land sources said that the state government might even go to the extent of introducing new legislation in the near future, without altering the Article 371(A) of the constitution of India.
Sources said issue was most likely to be discussed soon.

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