Unsettled dispute could affect NH-129A project: ZCN

DIMAPUR, MAR 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/11/2021 1:43:58 PM IST

Welcoming the alignment of NH129A connecting Maram in Manipur to Dimapur that will now pass through Peren district, Zeme Council Nagaland (ZCN) has however expressed fear that “intractable” unsettled land dispute with “western Sumi brothers” could ultimately kill the project even before it could take off as it feared that the land dispute was not going to end anytime soon.

In a statement, ZCN recalled that due to the unsettled land dispute on the stretch of about 13 km in Mhainamtsi-Pimla alignment of the road, all Peren district landowners withdrew Right Of Way (ROW) on February 4, 2019 to even forego the dream project in favour of land. 

Considering the reality of ground situation and in order that the project was executed for the benefit of all, ZCN said the State government gave approval for the dispute-free alignment connecting Peren to Dimapur via Heningkunglwa to Union ministry of road transport & highways. 

The council clarified that this would benefit not only one or two villages as alleged, but all the recognised villages of Mhainamtsi, Lamhai, Dungki, Kiyevi, Heningkunglwa, Ngwalwa, Ngwalwa Town and Virazouma.

ZCN termed the allegation of Aqahuto area organisations in their February 26, 2021 representation to Union Road Transport & Highways minister Nitin Gadkari , that change of alignment was the handiwork of high functionaries in the State government, as “not only fabricated, but also malicious”. 

ZCN said not only the State government, but even all the landowners of Peren district knew that changing alignment again at this juncture, when the executing agency has issued tender notices and the tender process was over, would mean scrapping the project altogether from Peren onwards.

ZCN said it was clarifying the matter so that nobody could take undue advantage and sabotage the project. It also expressed gratefulness to Gadkari under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning various road projects in the State. 

ZCN also said NH129A was a dream-come-true for the people of Peren district, which has been neglected by subsequent governments and reducing it to one of the poorly connected districts in spite of its close proximity to Kohima and Dimapur.



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