Act against encroachments on railway property: RCUN

DIMAPUR, MAY 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 1:19:44 PM IST

Railway Contractors’ Union Nagaland (RCUN) has urged the Dimapur district administration to ensure that there was no encroachment or construction on government land and property, particularly railway land.

Union president Niuto Awomi, secretary Mughaho Zhimo and spokesperson Dr Andrew Ahoto Sema in a letter appealed to deputy commissioner (DC) Dimapur Anoop Khinchi to take cognisance of the illegal encroachment and construction on railway land and issue necessary instruction to the police and village/colony councils/GBs in this regard so that stringent action could be taken against the encroachers as per Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act 1971. 

They also demand immediate arrest and trial of those who had encroached railway property in the last few months.

The union regretted that though Indian Railways and RCUN were trying their level best to develop Dimapur railway station into a state-of-the-art station, rampant and illegal encroachments and constructions on land belonging to the railway were acting as hurdles. 

RCUN alleged that such illegal activities had doubled during the lockdown period due to inability of the railway authorities to remain vigilant to stop such encroachments as there are restrictions imposed under the provisions of National Disaster Management Act. 

Moreover, under Chapter-VIII A of the Railway Act of 1989, there should be adequate demarcation and distance from all railway property, including railway tracks, and no encroachment or construction should be done anywhere near the railway properties, it pointed out. The union also urged the general public to learn to respect and take care of public property, including railway property, and not resort to unmindful and shameful acts of encroachments and constructions whereby they were putting everyone’s lives into peril.  It also appealed to civic bodies, village/colony councils, GBs and public leaders to ensure that such illegal practices are checked for the greater benefit of public.

Asserting that Dimapur was one of the rapidly growing commercial cities of the Northeast and a gateway to capital city Kohima and Manipur, the union stressed that railways serve as an integral mode of transportation, for which the infrastructure of the existing railway station at Dimapur as well as its periphery should be developed in line with rest of the country. It said the railway station had already been earmarked as a model railway station for which necessary development activities need to be initiated.



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