Eviction begin at Moreh ICP bypass road as deadline expires: 18 Structures dismantled on day 1

There are 26 households in T Tonglhang village and it is one of the largest affected village. But they received only Rs.1 crore as compensation while the less affected villages got more than Rs 4/5 crores.

Tengnoupal District Administration carried out eviction along Moreh ICP Bypass road on Tuesday. Section of people, who claim to have not received compensation had been staging protest and blocking the eviction attempt since the last many days, were dispersed from the protest site following stern warning from the police force. The eviction was carried out after the protestor left the protest site.

DC Tengnoupal M Rajkumaar, SP Vikramjit, SDO Moreh Dinesh Kumar, ADC Moreh M Manikanta Singh, Addl SP Sangboi Gangte and Addl SP (Opps) Amit were present when the authority carried out eviction along the said route. Around 18 structures were dismantled in M Chahnou village and LS Lhangnom village. Residents were allowed to take out their belongings even though it was carried out after the lapses of several dateline served by the district administration and police personnel were also assisting the house owners in taking out their belongings.

Meanwhile affected residents who are not satisfied with the eviction drive expresed their resentment and anger against the authority. Speaking to media persons, chief of T Tonglhang village Mr Onkhosei Baite said that there are lots of discrepancies in compensation amount. The compensation amount given to him and his villagers is inappropriate with the area affected by the bypass road. There are 26 households in T Tonglhang village and it is one of the largest affected village. But they received only Rs.1 crore as compensation while the less affected villages got more than Rs 4/5 crores. “I already put – up the matter to DC Tengnoupal but failed to get any positive response. I was the secretary of the bypass road committee but I resigned after I discovered several discrepancies and inequality in compensation amount, he said.

Onkhosei Baite also said that he and his villagers will continue to oppose eviction in T Tonglhang village. They are ready to give up even their lives if the authority attempt to evict us by force.

MOREH ICP BYPASS ROAD STRUCTURE COMMITTEE: Stating that they are evicted from the area by force without giving appropriate compensation the Moreh ICP Bypass Road Structure Committee, says that they had submitted a memorandum to NHIDCL on 17 October and to chief minister on 23rd October. They also sent an RTI application seeking details information on the Joint Survey Report of ADB and NHIDCL, 2/10/2018 and other related documents. A complaint was also filed to Manipur Human Rights Commission on 27 October 2020. The MHRC has directed DC Tengnoupal to provide the required details on or before 9/11/2020. However the district administration has carried out eviction before furnishing details.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION: On the other hand the Tengnoupal district administration said that based on NHIDCL survey report 2016, the authority concerns had already given compensation amount to all the eligible residents. An order to remove illegal construction along the bypass road was also issued by the DC Tengnoupal in 2018. Since it is a time-bound project, the DC Tengnoupal recently issued another order asking residents to remove illegal structures and already compensated structure within September 25 2020. The district administration is compelled to remove the structures and carried out eviction drive along the bypass road after lapses of several warning.

Chongthu News Service

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