AAPSU reiterates demand for ouster of Capital DC

AAPSU reiterates demand for ouster of Capital DC

ITANAGAR, Oct 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has decided to take out a protest rally here on October 15 next to press for its demand for immediate dismissal of Itanagar Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan for his alleged role in anomalies in the disbursement of compensation for four-laning of Chandranagar to Papu Nallah stretch of National Highway-415.

The apex students’ body announced that it will launch a phase-wise agitation against the Govt concerning alleged mismanagement of the highway project. It had earlier submitted a representation to the Chief Minister demanding investigation into the matter and ouster of the DC, Capital Complex.

Dismayed over indifferent attitude of the State Govt, the AAPSU today reiterated its demand urging the Govt to take immediate action pertaining to the memo.

“Our patience is running out. We have waited for a very long time. We, AAPSU, have decided to conduct a protest rally in the state capital on October 15 to air our sentiments, as a part of our phase-wise agitation. If we fail to get response from the Govt, then we will decide our further course of action,” AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai said while addressing a press conference here.

Dai informed that under the direction of Chief Minister, AAPSU had a meeting with Chief Secretary and discussed with him the process of land acquisition and disbursement of compensation for the four laning of the NH stretch from Chandranagar to Pappu Nallah tri-junction but no appropriate action has been initiated till date.

The AAPSU, meanwhile, stated that it wholeheartedly supports the voices raised by other forums and unions regarding the ‘TAH issue’ at various places of the state.

AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said the Union wants to clear the message since questions were raised as to why we were targeting the DC or had raised the issue regarding the capital road. AAPSU has no ill intention to push someone behind the bars or taint repute of any individual, we are only demanding for what needs to be addressed.

He said in 2006, GoAP issued a notification which cited that in township areas, the highway needs to be kept 30/30 and 40/40 metre in others. As per the notice, any Govt-owned land (forest, agriculture and horticulture land) or property along the national highway is exempted from compensation scheme. In 2016-17, Sandeep Kumar, the then DC Capital Complex had also vide a notification cited the same rule. “But in 2017, DC Prince Dhawan had superseded previous notification and ordered to provide compensation to all the subjects. Even highway width for capital township area was reduced to 12/12 mtr from Govt’s kept 30/30 mtr. Even from the 12/12 mtr scheme, we have found that 4 meters of usable space are not there,” he claimed.

“We have decided to exert pressure on the Govt to ensure that the anomalies that have gone into executing the highway project in the Capital Complex be revisited and rectified.

Even when the highway is constructed, we do not see a solution to our traffic plight, the reduced width of the road will have no good outcome. The congestion will remain the same as usual. That is why AAPSU feels agitated. This issue should be supported by DC as there is a huge violation of rules and regulations,” Bagang added.

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