Clarifying to news item ‘Ralan area public opposes Govt., NEPL MoU’, published on February 24, one Shanpamo Humtsoe from Pyotchu village has inquired whether Ralan Area Lotha Hoho was aware of the history of the area and the neighboring area across Doyang River.
He stated that on enquiry, it was found that Lichio Kithan was a settler in Yampha village having his residence in Bor Lingiri, Assam and his original village is Yikhum.
He further claimed that Lichio Kithan’s involvement in the area was only because of the reason that he has some plot in Yampha village and alleged that Lichio knew very little about the history of Ralan area and Moilan-Pyangsa area.
He stated that Ralan area and Moilan-Pyangsa areas have been neglected for so many years without any major development activity stating that anyone familiar with both areas would know whose ancestors have toiled and struggled for the area to see the light of day.
He also expressed that the village of Pyotchu and others whose land would be affected was concerned that such a press statement was given without the knowledge of people and claimed that they failed to know about the process of developmental activities.
He expressed that they have enough capacity to negotiate with the government as and when the company through the government of Nagaland would come to negotiate with them for the said project.
He goes on to state that the surveys conducted by power department and also the company concerned has been conducted in full public knowledge where “RALH chairman seems to be sleeping at that point of time”.
He also appealed the Kyong Hoho to oversee the concerns of the public without interfering in the development of the area. However, he said “It is amusing and absurd to note that the RALH seems to know that the department of power was not aware of the project or the MOU” and questioned whether it was possible for any project to go ahead without the knowledge of the department.
He reminded people that government has yet to negotiate the MoU with the landowners and the affected people.
He asserted that Doyang phase 1 which lied between Yikhum (Englan range) and Pangti and other villages was one reasons behind the statement of Lichio Kithan and requested them not to be hasty in their decisions.