Dam constructed for water supply by state PHE department along Chathe River has resulted in huge damage to uncompensated areas over the years at new Chumukedima village owing to irregular shift in watercourses, increase in land submergence and sedimentation around the dam.
According to a statement released to the press Thursday by new Chumukedima village council (NCVC) chairman S.Bao Hama, repeated appeals were made to responsible authority to compensate aggrieved land owners but fell on deaf ears.
The village council also said that responsible authority has failed to fulfill the agreement, which had assured to grant scale pay to three grade-IV appointees of the village.
It pointed out that Jalikie-Peren road, passing through new Chumukedima village, has been badly damaged at dam constructed area, due to floods.
Further, stating that soil deposits have made the dam area even higher than the road level, the village authority said, as such, flooding occurs and disconnects the only road communication, which connected village area to neighbouring Ruzapheme village and Jalukie Peren-road.
Asserting that whenever road communication cut off, they do not have any alternative way, but force themselves for restoration of road, involving human labour and machinery, the NCVC chairman said all those repair works were carried out through community fund every year.
He observed that department appeared to be unaware of all problems and difficulties faced by villagers.
Meanwhile, the village council has requested the authority responsible to look into their grievances by taking up necessary measures on priority while honouring the agreement struck between the PHE department and three apex bodies of new Chumukedima, Chumukedima town, Chumukedima village, including public leaders.