Encroachers ordered to vacate airport land

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/22/2019 12:15:36 PM IST

Following rampant encroachment of airport land, and as directed by the state government, the Dimapur district administration has asked the illegal encroachers to leave the area by first week of January 2020.

It may also be pointed out that illegal encroachment on railway land in Dimapur has brought expansion and development to a standstill. 

This issue has been reported on several occasions by Nagaland Post. Encroachment has ensured that platform No.2 in Dimapur Railway station will remain without a canopy and with narrow width of hardly six feet. Over and above, two mandirs are located right in the middle, within railway land.

On the issue of encroachment over airport land, Dimapur deputy commissioner (DC) Anoop Khinchi told Nagaland Post that the administration has warned that failure by the illegal encroachers to leave the area within the stipulated time would invite punitive action as per the provisions of law. As per report from reliable sources, initially 621.58 acres of land was acquired for Dimapur airport. However, a major portion was occupied by Assam Rifles (erstwhile ARTC), some by CRPF and some portion were left unfenced, even as around 34.67 acres was encroached towards Chathe river. And out of the 621.58-acre land, just 277 acres remained.

According to a cabinet memo made available to this Correspondent, the cabinet during its meeting on December 9 had deliberated on the issue in the backdrop of a committee headed by commissioner Nagaland inquiring the matter of issuing of patta/land allotment to private individuals in airport land as there was rampant land encroachment.

Accordingly, the committee examined all relevant papers and records available, besides conducting physical inspection of the airport land along with officials of Airport Authority of India (AAI). Subsequently, the Dimapur DC summoned the pattadars /allottees as well as government officials to record their statements.

The cabinet memo stated that the committee observed some anomalies like allotment of land under dag no. 97 at Ekrani Pathar that was supposed to be Chathe riverbed, but the allottee had occupied dag nos 38 and 40 at Diphupar, which was government acquired-land for airport.

The cabinet memo added that the same land was further mutated to 22 pattas, and now there are at least four concrete structures, while the rest was temporary structures at the encroached land.

Interestingly, the committee found that the relevant file of processing land allotment was not traceable, following which the committee concluded that the illegal occupation at dag nos 38 and 40 of Diphupar should be evicted following necessary legal formalities. Having satisfied itself after conducting necessary hearing that the allotment and occupation were both illegal, the committee ordered cancellation of the allotment of land and eviction on November 30.

Accordingly, during the meeting on December 9, the cabinet had approved eviction of the illegal occupation of airport land so that developmental activities could be carried out.


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