Peren, January 20 (NEx): A Consultative Meeting was held at GB Hall, Peren Town on January 17, 2021, with the Chairmen, GBs of villages & Advisors of PTYO in Peren District regarding the matter of NH-129A passing through Peren Town.
The sessional chairman, Mr. Pingkam Namdau, Chairman of Ndining Village, who is also incharge to pursue the matter of the 2 lane NH-129A with the government, addressed a letter to the Commissioner Government of Nagaland yesterday, through the DC Peren and requested the commissioner to nullify/invalidate the Revised Compensation Details submitted by DC, Peren on January 13, 2021 and accordingly, issue direction for review of Compensation for damages to Standing Structures considering 18-20 mtrs as the width for the upcoming NH-129A Package 1A.
The sessional chairman said that the long-cherished dream of witnessing a National Highway passing across Peren District relatively came true when MoRTH, GoI accorded sanction for construction of a 2-lane Highway connecting Maram-Peren-Dimapur section of NH-129A (Manipur-Nagaland).
Subsequently, the tendering process for Package 1A of the Project which passes through Peren Town concluded and Work Order was issued and compensation for damages caused to Horticulture/Agriculture/Forest land has been paid to the concerned landowners by Peren District Administration and only the payment of Compensation for damages to Standing Structures is pending, he said.
The chairman maintained that Peren District Administration in connivance with few public leaders of Peren Town had taken biased, unjust and arbitrary decision in formulating the said Revised Compensation Details and the same was forwarded to the commissioner counter-signed by DC Peren, SDO PWD(Housing) and President of Peren Town Ward Chairmen Union.
‘The said Revised Compensation Details was assessed considering the width of the 2-lane National Highway at 12-14 mtrs. instead of 18-20 mtrs. This was carried out without consulting the concern Stakeholders and has deeply hurt the sentiments of the general populace. It has not only deprived the compensation rights of several landowners but also downgraded the anticipated 2-lane National Highway to an ordinary single lane road’, Pingkam stated.
Further, the chairman clarified that Peren Town Ward Chairmen Union or for that matter, no CSOs or CBOs had ever given its consent or approval for assessment of damage Compensation to Standing Structures considering 12/14 mtrs as the width of the National Highway. As such, any endorsement given by the President of Peren Town Ward Chairmen Union or any other individual for that matter, is a result of their personal judgement and thus, does not carry the voice of neither Peren Town Ward Chairmen Union nor the general Public of Peren Town, the letter said.
‘The Project was accorded sanction by GoI as per DPR submitted for construction of a 2-lane National Highway and there is no valid purpose as to why the width or length of the 2-lane National Highway should be distorted without the consent and knowledge of the concerned stakeholders’, the letter stated.
Chairman Namdau also said that the meeting resolved to fully endorse and support the Memorandum of Zeliangrong Baudi Nagaland and Zeme Council Nagaland written to the Commissioner on January 15, 2021 citing grievances of the Public caused due to alteration made to NH-129A Package 1A.
Further, the sessional chairman expressed confidence that the commissioner will promote and instill the spirit of fair practice, transparency and accountability in resolution of the matter at an early date.