ITANAGAR, JUNE 4: The executive members of NIrjuli-Banderdewa highway land affected forum (NBHLAF) today submitted a memorandum to the chief Minister, Chief secretary and Capital Deputy Commissioner for disbursement of the compensation to all the illegible beneficiaries of National highway-415 without delay.
NBHLAF, Chairman Taniang Kipa inform the press that half of the beneficiaries of Pakage-C from Nirjuli to Banderdewa on stretch of National highway-415 has been disbursed on May 25th onwards and half of the beneficiary has been left citing reason. The reason whatever may be should be known to the administration but we are ready to part of our land for the very important project of the state and the administration should immediately without any delay should disburse the compensation as per approved rate of 2014. He said.
The administration should also pay self demolition charges as paid in case of Chimpu-Itanagar and Itanagar-Naharalugn stretch of the NH-415 as in other cases. The administration should implement the right of fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement Act-2013. Taniang further said.
The capital administration has halted the distribution of compensation for package C (In between Nirjuli and Banderdewa) of Itanagar to Banderdewa 4 lane road project after reports of anomalies. Briefing the press here on Friday the deputy commissioner of the Itanagar capital region (ICR) Talo Potom informed that out of total 136 beneficiaries, compensation has been paid to 67 beneficiaries after properly verifying their claims.
“Rs 2.19 crore has already been disbursed as compensation. There are some doubts regarding the compensation claims of the remaining 69 beneficiaries. The process of further re-verification has to be carried out to clear the doubts. For now, compensation distribution has been halted,” said DC Talo Potom. Rs 11.69 crore compensation package has been earmarked for the package C which is 7.5 KM long. The compensation estimate was prepared in 2016-17. Potom said the administration has found 3 major anomalies in selection of beneficiaries in the package C.
“First of all during re-verification we found that some people managed to get their name listed for compensation claims even though their assets are inside the Right of Way (ROW). As per rule we cannot pay compensation to structures falling under ROW,” informed Potom.
Secondly the DC claimed that people who do not own any structures at ground level have been listed as beneficiaries. “Lastly compensation claims have been made against government land falling beyond ROW. No compensation will be paid for the government land,” said DC Potom. He made it clear that the government will provide funds for self-demolition of the structures falling under the ROW.
Further DC said the state government is eager to complete package B (Papu Nallah to Naharlagun) and package C at the earliest.
“Agreement has been signed with contractors in January this year. The ICR administration is committed to hand over encumbrance free land to contractors as soon as possible,” added DC Talo Potom.