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Recently, the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) has withdrawn all further activities for the construction of 2-lane on NH 202 from Akhegwo to Akash Bridge (Jessami), under Phek district of Nagaland.
It further stated that local population have put up large number of structures on the proposed RoW with the sole intention of getting undue compensation.
In a letter to Nagaland Chief Secretary, the Managing Director of NHIDCL asserted they have prepared a drone movie mentioning about recent structures that came up in an organized manner.
The letter further stated this drone movie will be processed with the sole aim to obtain compensation.
The Managing Director (MD) also sought to know what the district administration has done or what attempts were made by them to stop these illegal encroachments
Stating that the order of DC, Phek, dated July 20, 2021, had no effect on the locals, the Managing Director asserted that Phek district administration has been unable to stop the illegal structures.
The MD further added that officials of NHIDCL Department too have not informed/acted on this issue effectively.
Meanwhile, NHIDCL requested the Chief Secretary to direct the concerned DC and identity such structures that came up recently.
It has directed to get such illegal structures removed so that the compensation need not be paid to some ‘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 in-genuine ones,” – the letter further read.