Kohima: Days after Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone for the state’s second medical college in Mon district, some residents objected to the alleged agreements made for the new medical college’s construction.
According to reports, Chi village and Goching Village withdrew the No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued to the Konyak Union (KU) and the district administration through a statement.
As per the statement, the Mon district administration had finalised the agreement on January 12 last year with the plot owner of Ponghoa without the consent of the Chi Village Council (CVC). Even after finalising the site, the district administration led by the deputy commissioner (DC) and KU officials approached the CVC to survey the new location within Chi jurisdiction since the price at Chi Ponghoa was too high.
On January 14, the ‘Kongjonghoa (Old Army Camp)’ under the CVC was surveyed. Despite good road connectivity and water supply, the land was rejected due to multiple land ownership.
Another land at Natya under the CVC was also surveyed and then rejected for reasons best known to the administration. “The sentiments of the Chi Village Council was hurt as the land offered by it was rejected, and land at Ponghoa was chosen in spite of the fact that the plot owner was against the entire village of Chi in our own jurisdiction,” it added.
The statement added that the plot owner and all other affected landowners should have the right to land compensation, only and after which Chi and Goching Village Councils would stand as signatories to the land sale deeds and the MOU to be undertaken with the Department/Government.
One precondition of the CVC was that the Medical College be named ‘Chi Ponghoa Medical College, Chi District Mon: Nagaland’. However, this was rejected as the Ministry had already approved Medical College Mon’ as the college name.
Later, it was agreed to add Chi to the address of the Medical College and call it the ‘Medical College Mon at Chi, Dist. Mon, Nagaland’.
After partial fulfilment of their demand, the villages said that they had agreed and issued a NOC to the site at Ponghoa and allowed the completion of the final survey of the land.
But after the completion of all formalities, the state government ordered the DC to remove the name ‘Chi’ after the plot owner allegedly threatened not to give land if the name of the Chi was found on the foundation stone.
With their sentiments hurt again, the residents decided that not “an inch of Ponghoa shall be given to establishing the said Medical College”. It subsequently withdrew the NOC given to the KU and the district administration.
The statement was issued by Chairman of Goching Village Council Yahreih; Chairman of Chi Village Council Manwang; Head GB of Goching Village Council Goaklem; Head GB of Chi Village Council Thoaching; President of Chi Citizen T Kaiyan; and President of Chi Union Mon Town C Leipa.