No one will be allowed to disturb 4-lane construction works: CGBU

DIMAPUR, MAY 31 (NPN): | Publish Date: 6/1/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Chakhroma GB Union (CGBU) expressed disappointment at the ongoing construction of the four-lane highway between Purana Bazaar and Chümoukedima which was being hampered by some people claiming compensation. 

CGBU president Thepfukedo Kuotsu and general secretary Atso Gwizan, said the union has been closely observing the work and saw how certain “undesired elements” propped up time and again to create unnecessary hindrance to the ongoing work.

Maintaining that the national highway fell within the Chakhroma traditional land, CGBU pointed out that when it was constructed, no compensation whatsoever was demanded as the land was given freely for development. 

In addition, CGBU said provisions of 75 feet on both sides from the middle of the highway, were also kept reserved for future developments. However, CGBU said with increase in the number of settlers in the area, many started encroaching upon the highway and they were now demanding compensation by claiming to be landowners. 

The Union reiterated that no individual or organisation, claiming to be landowners, would be allowed to disturb the development work of the area since there was no other landowner except the traditional landowners. CGBU said the traditional owners had freely given their land to the government as it was not “our custom to block roadways and waterways from passing our land”. 

Further, the Union said since those later settlers who were now demanding compensation had encroached upon the portions of land already been given to the government, there was no question of paying compensation to the encroachers on reserved land.

CGBU also fully endorsed the May 7 resolution adopted at the meeting between Chümoukedima area gaon burahs and village council chairmen with Chümoukedima EAC. The Union said that when such a hard-earned development project was coming to “our land, we cannot allow few self-centred individuals” forming a union to snatch away this opportunity. 

CGBU said if the opportunity was missed, it would never come back and so every right-thinking Naga should support the timely and satisfactory completion of the work. 

The Union also made a fervent appeal to every Naga to report to the authority if he or she felt that specifications were not being followed and obtain expert opinion before taking the matter in his or her hand.

CGBU also expressed appreciation on four villages- Purana Bazaar, Padumpukhri, Naharbari and Darogapathar - for their public declaration not to allow any individual or union to claim land compensation within their jurisdiction. 

It said the “wise and matured decision” of the four villages should also be emulated by other villages “to bring about progress and development in our land.” 

CGBU urged upon all to extend their support in making “our State a developed State” and ensure that the “much hard-earned development projects” were not disturbed by “few self-centred individuals”. 

Reiterating its commitment to development of the area in the larger interests of all Nagas, CGBU called upon all village councils situated along the highway to lend their support for smooth execution of the work in their respective areas.



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