The Litan Village Authority has come out strongly against the exclusion of the village in the list of affected areas for the proposed development of NH-202 to a double lane highway.
Flatly rejecting the land survey report, the Litan VA demanded rectification of the same and legitimate compensation of the people whose land stand to be affected in the highway expansion exercise.
Headman VS Deepak said that Litan village lies in between Mongkot Chepu village and Litan Sareikhong covering an area of 400 metres.
Though small, Litan village was recognized in 1956 with Touzi No 36 .
Strongly reacting against the exclusion of Litan village in the compensation list, the Headman said that the village is regularly paying house taxes to the State Goverment.
This has been conveniently overlooked, he added.
A complaint has been lodged furnishing all relevant documents proving legitimate rights of ownership of the people, said VS Deepak.
Meanwhile the Deputy Commissioner of Ukhrul Joseph Pauline Kamson who was present at the site for conducting spot verification for ascertaining the grievances of the affected land owners today assured that the matter would be looked into for rectification at the earliest in order to expedite the highway construction work.
The Headman VS Deepak also submitted a memorandum to the visiting DC and NHIDCL officers for redressing the grievances of the village.
In the memo, the Village Authority urged the authority concerned to study the complaint without further delay and biases.
Appropriate land compensation, disciplinary and legal action against any official deemed to have been involved in the conspiracy to keep out Litan village from the compensation list and also to provide security to the Headman of Litan village including his family members were some other demands put up.
Land survey for classification of affected areas was conducted from Mongkot Chepu and ended at Nungshangkong area.
(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)