Tuesday, October 4, 2022

NFR to enforce eviction as per SC order; Dmu not an exception

Staff Reporter

Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) will implement the recent December 2021 directive of the Supreme Court of India on the Railways to initiate action against unauthorized land occupants and ensure that there was no encroachment on its properties.
Disclosing this at an interaction with media after the inaugural run of the train services from Donyi Polo (Arunachal Pradesh) to Shokhuvi (Nagaland), GM (NFR) Anshul Gupta said Dimapur is not an exception in the court order.
According to Supreme Court in its December 2021 ruling, pointed out that Indian Railways was “equally responsible” for ensuring that there was no encroachment on its properties and must initiate action against unauthorised occupants immediately whenever such issues are brought to its notice.
According to the order of the Supreme Court, the Railways was directed to immediately issue notices on the occupants of structures falling within the stretch, that are immediately required for resuming the development project by giving the occupiers two weeks to vacate the premises.
In respect of structures that are not immediately required to be vacated, the Railways may give six weeks time in the proposed notice prior to eviction and removal of structures.
Referring to eviction drives being carried on railway lands pan-India, Gupta said there was no exception for Dimapur as development works are being stalled.
Gupta said doubling of existing track through Dimapur were to be carried out from Lumding to Furkating. He also said that NFR will be modernizing the Dimapur Railway station into a world class station.
In order for all these to happen, he said land was required and for which the support of the state government/district authorities was required for providing security during the eviction process.
Responding to claims made by some individual occupiers that the land belonged to them and not the railways, Gupta categorically stated that “people may say anything but whatever is Railways land belong to railways.” He pointed out that Railways had been operating in Nagaland since 1900 and that it was not a recent venture.
Asked when would the eviction drive be carried out, Gupta said there was no timeline. However, since the projects have already been sanctioned, the eviction drive may be carried out soon, he added.
When asked about religious structures that have been setup in Dimapur railway land, Gupta said as per the Supreme Court order “any unauthorized structure would be removed/relocated” under due process.
Nagaland Post had been highlighting the stalled development of Dimapur railway station owning toe to unauthorized occupation of railway land. This newspaper had also spoken extensively to NFR officials about the failure to get land for expansion to double track from Lumding to Furkating, which could have led to by-passing of Dimapur station from Dhansiri to Bokajan.
It may also be noted that two legislators of Dimapur had also strongly favoured immediate eviction of encroachers from railway land and also initiate disciplinary action against officials involved in issuing land pattas.