Kohima Science College land issue finally resolved after Cab steps in

Kohima Science College land issue finally resolved after Cab steps in
A file photo of the Kohima Science College, Jotsoma.
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/16/2021 12:21:21 PM IST

In a landmark decision, the land issue of Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, Kohima, which has dragged on for the past three decades, finally got resolved after the state Cabinet, agreed ‘in principle’ to some key points at a meeting at the chief minister’s residential office, Kohima on December 18 last.

The cabinet accepted the compact area of 50 acres demarcated for the College by the district administration, while PHE department was to relocate its infrastructure to an appropriate government land elsewhere with the government to bear the expenses of around Rs.9.6 crore for shifting. 

It was also agreed to introduce a new system called “free hold” propagated by chief minister, Neiphiu Rio. Under this, land originally belonging to Kohima Science College and subsequently allotted to private parties will be declared as “free hold”. In principle, the free hold land will belong to the government, which can take any decision, including taxation, in the future should the need arise.

The cabinet also agreed that the unused portion of land allotted to Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), will be given to Kohima Science College.

In case any private party, residing in allotted land, needed to be relocated in order to meet the requirement for the compact 50 acres, an alternate space outside the designated area may be allotted. However, the new allotment may not necessarily be in proportion to the previous one. Outgoing DC Kohima, Mohammad Ali Shihab A, who was instrumental in resolving the issue disclosed to Nagaland Post that it was a big achievement for the district administration as the case had remained unresolved for a long time.

In order for Kohima Science College to be accredited a ‘Deemed University’, the college is required to possess a compact 50 acre land, which has now been met, he said. Shihab expressed gratitude to chief minister, under whose leadership the cabinet had taken the landmark decision. He also expressed optimism that with the introduction of the new ‘free hold’ system, the government will be able to work more efficiently and effectively with regard to land issues.


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