Peren, February 12 (NEx): The CSOs Zeliangrong Baudi (N), Nagaland Zeliang People Organisation and Zeme Council (N) submitted a representation to the Dy. Chief Minister of Nagaland Y. Patton on February 12, 2021, in support of the new alignment of NH-129A via Mhainamtsi-Lamhai-Dungki-Heningkunglwa-Ngwalwa-Vidima-7th Mile, Chumukedima connecting NH-29.
The CSOs highlighted that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, Government of India had accorded sanction for construction of a 2-lane Highway connecting Maram- Peren- Dimapur section of NH-129A (Manipur-Nagaland) following which Tendering process was initiated by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) and Work Orders have been issued for some portions of the upcoming 2-lane National Highway.
They also mentioned that there has been complaints from some organizations namely Aqahuto Area GBs Union (ATKK); Western Sumi Hoho (WSH); Village Council of Vidima, Razaphe, Razaphe Basa and Disagaphu; and, Western Sumi Youth Front (WSYF) with respect to the new alignment from Mhainamtsi leading to 7th Mile, Chumukedima and had raised objections on the new alignment of NH-129A via Mhainamtsi- Lamhai- Dungki- Heningkunglwa- Ngwalwa- Vidima- 7th Mile, Chumukedima connecting NH-29.
In this regard, the CSOs placed on record that:
1. The old Alignment via Mhainamtsi- Pimla -7th Mile was strongly objected to by the ancestral landowner Lamhai Village since 2019 purely on the ground of land dispute with the intruder Sumi villages who claimed this stretch of land to be “No Man’s Land” instead of acknowledging the ancestral landowner.
The Zeliang People share traditional boundary with Chakhro Angami alone since time immemorial and the same have been documented. The CSOs of Peren District stood with the ancestral landowners for preservation of its ancestral rights rather than any developments which could hijack its rights, it said.
The CSOs also affirmed that it fully support the new alignment of NH-129A via Mhainamtsi- Lamhai- Dungki- Heningkunglwa- Ngwalwa- Vidima- 7th Mile, which is the most suitable and appropriate option since there is no dispute with land ownership and any such issues may further delay the Road
On the contrary, the alignment proposed by the Organisations stated above passes through several Sumi villages most of which are illegally established within the disputed area, the CSOs stated.
2. Boundary disputes between Peren and Dimapur Districts have not been settled till date and as such, villages within the disputed area claiming to fall under the jurisdiction of Dimapur District is unsubstantiated. The CSOs of Peren District said that it shall stand by its traditional boundary with Chakhro Angami of Dimapur District.
3. There is no land dispute between Lamhai-Dungki and Chumukedima and there is no land that belongs to the Sumi community between the Zeliang and Chakroma ancestral land. Villages like Khehoi, Phushito, Vihuto, Jacob, Hetoi, Officer Village etc. emerged out of nowhere only in recent times between the ancestral land of the two communities and their refusal to even acknowledge ownership of land they illegally occupy only added salt to the wound. Until such time these issues are resolved, the possibility of a National Highway passing through the said area is unfeasible and unviable with strong reason.
In light of the above, Peren CSOs requested the State Government to go ahead with the new alignment of NH-129A Peren-Dimapur portion via
Mhainamtsi-Lamhai-Dungki-Heningkunglwa-Ngwalwa-Vidima-7th Mile which will not touch any land dispute area, and also assured that they will render their unflinching support and cooperation till the completion of the Project.