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Thilixu village refutes
Published on 1 Apr. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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Reacting to chief minister, Neiphiu Rio’s statement in the assembly that re-alignment of the railway line between Dimapur - Zubza has been proposed owing to exorbitant rate demanded by the landowners to the tune of Rs 600 per square feet, the Thilixu village has said that its landowners had agreed to part with the land at the rate of Rs 60 per square feet and so the rate quoted by the chief minister did “not arise.’
Thilixu village GB, Hekikhe Kiba in a rejoinder said at no point of time had it sought any government services but requested the government to facilitate the landowners in getting employment opportunities in the railway ministry in line with the promise made by the union railway minister in the recent railway budget.
The GB said since the village was ideally located next to the Zoological Park, the village had suggested to the government for building a sub-station/stoppage at their land which would attract more visitors to the Park as well as facilitate the commuters from nearby areas.
Querying whether these requests/suggestions were “demands” as claimed by the chief minister, the GB said that the agreement to the acquisition of village land by the government was “unconditional.”
The GB said if the railway line was to be re-aligned from somewhere else other than the village land, the government should compensate them for the valuable time and resources spent in the several rounds of meetings and surveys with the district administration and the railway authorities instead of “tarnishing our image in the eye of the public.”

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