‘No compensation, no road’

Staff REPORTER

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: The Jollang Panchayat Land Affected Forum (JPLAF) while welcoming the proposed state highway (14 km) construction from Pappu-Nallah to Ganga Market via Jollang has demanded the state government to compensate the land-affected people of the area.

In the event of failure to compensate the affected people, the JPLAF has threatened to launch a series of democratic movements in the state capital, and knock at the doors of the court of law.

Addressing a press conference here today, JPLAF chairman Tarh Miri claimed that the people of six villages under Jollang Panchayat were never informed by the department concerned about the proposed expansion of the road.

He said that the notification issued by the Department of Urban Development in March 2006 was never made public. Even the notification was not provided to the local public leaders.

The Directorate of Town Planning in a notification issued in pursuance to the notification issued by the UD Deptt on March 13, 2006 had notified that the minimum width of road from RoW of road connecting Pappu-Nallah via Jollang to Ganga Market will be of 24m.

“We are just claiming compensation for the houses, walls, shops etc which will be demolished by the district administration. Everyone has invested their hard earned money to build it all. Therefore, we request the administration not to dismantle the structures further,” he said.

The Forum requested the State Highway Department to stop demolishing the structures till the road construction starts. Let the owner demolish the structures on their own and the department provides the labour charge for the same.

Miri also said that he was issued a show cause notice regarding the same by Additional District Magistrate Talo Potom, who stated that no compensation will be provided to the people.

“The ADM has straightly denied any compensation to the affected people. He rather suggested taking up the matter legally,” he said, adding that he was summoned on the ground of encroachment of RoW of the public road.

The Forum has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on April 5, demanding compensation.