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Vacate or face eviction, govt tells airport land encroachers

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/7/2020 12:28:35 PM IST

Dimapur district administration has categorically stated that unauthorized occupants and encroachers of the land allotted to Airports Authority of India (AAI) have no other option but to vacate the encroached plots. 

As per directive of the state government, the district administration had already asked illegal encroachers to leave the area by first week of January 2020. According to the district administration, there are around 20 to 22 families, all of whom will have to leave at the earliest, including the land presently occupied by Assam Rifles and CRPF. The district administration further maintained that the area was scanned as per the demand of AAI and that actions would be initiated at the earliest to evict the unauthorised occupants and land encroachers.

As per 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. Of the total of 621.58-acre land allotted only 277 acres remained.

According to a cabinet memo made available to Nagaland Post, the cabinet at its meeting on December 9,2019 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 AAI officials. Subsequently, the DC Dimapur 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. 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.

It has been learnt that the district administration would now seek to reclaim the encroached land for expansion and infrastructure development of Dimapur airport, as it had been deprived of the land required for the purpose leading to it being downgraded to the level where it has remained for the past 30 years. DC Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi on December 22 last informed Nagaland Post that the administration had already warned that failure by the illegal encroachers to leave the area within the stipulated time would invite punitive action as per the law.

 

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