Kohima: Setting up of structures along the 42KM stretch from Akhegwo-Akash Bridge (Jessami) along NH 202 in Phek district by local residents for undue land compensation have compelled the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corp. Limited (NHIDCL) to withdraw further construction activities.

NHIDCL managing director KK Pathak, IAS, through a letter addressed to Nagaland chief secretary J Alam, informed that the National Highway stretch is to be strengthened with hard shoulder and the DPR has been prepared and is in advanced stage of bidding process.

“Apparently, the fact that we are taking up this road, is known to the local population and they have put in large number of structure (s) or the proposed RoW with the sole intention of getting undue compensation,” said Pathak.

He informed that a drone movie which it prepared shows that these structures are recent and have come up in a very organised manner with the sole aim of obtaining compensation.  The officer questioned what the district administration has done and what attempts were made to stop the “illegal encroachments.”

Pathak pointed out that the deputy commissioner’s (DC) order has also had no effect on the local people.  “It seems that the District Administration has been unable to stop the illegal structures. Our own officers too have not informed / acted on this issue effectively very,” the letter read.

The MD requested the CS to direct the concerned DC to identify such structures which have come up recently and get them removed, so that the NHIDCL do not have to pay compensation to “mischievous persons”. 

“I am afraid to inform you that till the structures are removed, we are withdrawing all further activities and have decided not to move the Ministry for approval of the project.  I reiterate that we shall not take up this road unless the District Administration clearly demarcates the genuine structure (s) and removes the ingenuine ones,” it concluded.

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