Imphal city experiences road blockade

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 29, 2018: Nagamapal residents today blocked Nagamapal road in Imphal city demanding to complete road expansion works that began in 2005 so that there will no more inconveniences in that part of the city.

Shops along the sides of road stretching around half kilometre were shut down during the road blockade that began at 7: 30 am and continued till around 1pm.

H. Bimola, advisor Nagamapal Phougeishangbam  Leikai Apunba Meira Paibi Marup, said as the road expansion work is yet to complete there has been a lot of inconveniences to the people residing at Nagamapal area and people passing this road.

Eviction works has not been completed as landowners opposed eviction of their buildings. We are demanding that the state government should settle the issue with the landowners and complete the road expansion works, she added.

She said there has been no water supply in Nagamapal area for the past more than 10 years due to impletion of the road expansion project.

Due to inappropriate road condition and congestion 13 lives have been lost so far since the eviction began. There have been no street lamps and the few street lamps that were installed very recently are not functioning properly while at the same time the lamps are fixed turning away from the road. “See the condition how we are living in the heart of Imphal,” said another Nagamapal resident.  Unsuitable

While the residents were blocking the road sub-deputy collector, Imphal West, N. Suran Singh came at the agitating site and appealed the agitators to withdraw their blockade. The agitators told him that they will continue to block the road until the government gives a concrete assurance to quickly complete the road expansion works. They said they had submitted a memorandum to chief minister N. Biren Singh last year and personally met him during Meeyamgi Numit (people’s day) which turns out ineffective.

According to the collector, as two out of seven landowners of the lands to be evicted have opposed the eviction through high court the seven lands remain not evicted and hence the road expansion project cannot be completed.

Suran said the opposing landowners were against the rate of Rs 395 per square feet as fixed by the government in 2005 saying that the rate is low. Several rounds of talks have been conducted by the government with the landowners and the residents to bring a conclusion to the issue. The landlords have later demanded to compensate as per the sale data of 2012. If this is so, it is feared that those landowners who were compensated as per 2005 would demand to compensate them as per the 2012 rate, he added.

 “I demanded the authority to evict my building after including the value of one floor of my building for compensation which was not included in the land valuation. After inclusion of the floor in the valuation the authority told me that there is no fund to pay. I told them to evict when they are ready to pay. It was more than four years ago,” said a landowner whose building is in the middle of Nagamapl road.

He said that he appealed the works minister Th. Bishwajit in a meeting, which was held more than one year ago, to compensate him in the current rate. The minister told him that he will be informed later. “Yet I haven’t got any information,” he added. He said people’s demand for immediate completion of road expansion is appropriate.

A committee of the seven landowners, representatives of Imphal West district commissioner office and public works department and residents of Nagamapal was held at a community hall. The meeting resolved that the government should bring an agreement with the seven landowners by January 12 to complete the eviction. If fails the road will be indefinitely blocked, warned the residents of Nagamapal.

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