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CNTC red flags Zubza railway line project

DIMAPUR, APR 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/26/2019 12:05:01 PM IST

Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has red flagged the Zubza railway line project by expressing apprehension that this could lead to a surge in influx of illegal immigrants into the State.

In a statement issued by its media cell, CNTC asked what precautionary measures will be implemented in light of the “chronic” immigrant problem the State faces. CNTC said Dimapur, with unabated influx of illegal immigrants as it is an Inner Line Permit (ILP)-free zone, has porous borders and a railway line, should have served as an excellent lesson for Naga people. “But our short-sightedness and craze for short-term monetary benefits has resulted in this present situation for which our coming generations are going to pay a very high price,” it cautioned.

The council called it a paradox that when there is a cry to implement ILP in all districts, the government has given its nod to this railway line, which will “act as a hindrance and again bring many complications” to ILP regulations.

CNTC stated that the amount received as land compensation and any type of anticipated and imaginary developments from this railway project will never replace the security and safety of the coming Naga generations. 

Further, according to CNTC, the railway line seems to be economically not viable, susceptible to landslides and impracticable for such a short distance when a four-lane highway is already being constructed. 

Though railways are believed to bring development, from the perspective of Nagas, it will threaten their existence and futures of their children will be at stake, it warned. 

Pointing out that Nagas, along with other indigenous people of the NE, had risen up against the CAB recently, CNTC cautioned that this would all be futile if the railway connectivity becomes a reality as the railway will be transporting hordes of immigrants into interior parts of Nagaland. 

Nagas really need to rethink on such projects before extending support as these could adversely affect them, it stressed.


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