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Rio assures return of MSRTC land
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 24:
Published on 25 Nov. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has assured that plots belonging to Manipur State Road Transport Corporation(MSRTC) complex at Dimapur Town Block-III which were allotted to seven private individuals by the authority of the Nagaland government would be returned back.
He made the assurance to the ministerial team from Manipur after they explained that the land is under the possession of the state of Manipur but that no prior notice was given while issuing allotments to the private individuals.
The Nagaland Chief Minister also assured he would look into the entire issue of transfer of the land to private individuals and whether there was any prior notice issued to the Manipur government.
Mr Rio was informed that the land was allotted to MSRTC in 1969 measuring 4,241 acres under Dimapur Town Block-III. The team said on verification, it was found that seven individuals were allotted plots falling with the MSRTC land during September this year. It was found that among the structures included a church inside the complex .
The ministerial team from Manipur also informed Mr Rio about a plot belonging to the Manipur government near the Hongkong Market which has been occupied by some persons who were now refusing to vacate.
The ministerial team led by Manipur Education and Transport minister L Jayentakumar also included tribal development minister DD Thaisii and HAC (Hill Area Committee of the state Assembly) chairman Thangminlen Kipgen. The team visited Kohima and Dimapur on November 22 returned back Wednesday.
On arrival at Imphal Wednesday, the team briefed chief minister Ibobi and other officials about their trip to Dimapur and Kohima and the meeting with the Nagaland chief minister.
Minister Jayentakumar told media that the Nagaland chief minister had responded by saying that as the issue involved inter-state relation, he would do whatever necessary to restore back the lands.
Tribal Development minister also expressed hope that Nagaland Chief Minister will do justice.
Manipur wanted to develop the MSRTC as terminus for Manipur vehicles, particularly freight trucks ferrying FCI items and other essential items from Dimapur to Imphal and stationing state security for protection of state vehicles from anti-social elements.

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