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Nagaland returns land at Dimapur to Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 14:
Published on 15 Apr. 2011 12:31 AM IST
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With Nagaland government having agreed to return encroached land back to the Manipur State Road Transport Corporation(MSRTC) complex at Dimapur Town Block-III, a team of officials of the Manipur Transport Department led by its director are to visit Dimapur for demarcating the boundaries of the plot.
State transport minister, K Ranjit informed that the government of Nagaland has handed over the land at Dimapur Town Block-III in the last week of February last. Documents related with the land including patta were also passed on at the time of handing over the land, he added.
He further said that transport director BB Sharma has been asked to inspect the land so that government of Manipur could take up necessary work like fencing of the land. Sharma and his team will leave Imphal for Dimapur on April 15.
As the land has now been reinstated back with the government of Manipur , development works will be taken up as soon as possible. Manipur government plans to develop the land as parking place for state vehicles plying on NH 39, particularly for freight trucks transporting essential commodities from Dimapur to Imphal, the minister said.
State security will also be stationed at the place for protection of state vehicles from anti-social elements, he added.
The MSRTC complex in Dimapur, mention may be made, was allotted to Manipur government by Nagaland Government in the late sixties for development of MSRTC complex but after the MSRTC was abolished sometime in 2003, the land has been systematically encroached by various private individuals.
Apart from private business centres in the complex, even a church has been constructed there. The land was allotted to seven private individuals on September 27, 2010 by the authority of the Nagaland government.
Patta for the land was issued in the name of the MSRTC but remained as a barren land located in the heart of Dimapur after the MSRTC petered out. Manipur government has realized the importance of the land with state vehicles having no secure parking place in Dimapur.
Manipur government had been requesting its Nagaland counterpart to restore the land of the state government allotted to the MSRTC for the past one year. A ministerial team led by the then Transport minister had visited the condition of the land in November last year.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had assured the ministerial team of returning back the land to MSRTC/Manipur government after he (Rio) was convinced that the land which was allotted had been encroached.
At Dimapur, when queried about the land, an official source said some people from the Manipur government (probably those at MSRTC Dimapur) were also hand in glove in the encroachment.
Further, the official also said the Manipur government had been sleeping for many years despite the Nagaland government’s queries on renewal of lease agreement.
It was disclosed that the lease for the plot was for thirty years but the Manipur government had not sought renewal after expiry. According to the source, the government of Nagaland had informed its counterpart about expiry of the lease agreement but that there was no response for several years.
The actual size of the erstwhile MSRTC land was reported to be around three acres but a quarter of it has been systematically encroached. Further, it was stated that had the Manipur government been mindful and complained, encroachments could have been stopped.

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