Local residents oppose land acquisition for road widening

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IMPHAL, May 16: The local residence of Tera Loukrakpam Leikai staged sit-in-protest at their local club today protesting against the recent decision of the state government regarding the widening of the Tera Bazar to Naoremthong road stretch.Around 200 local womenfolk displaying the festoon ‘we strongly opposed acquiring of land for the expansion of the road from Tera Bazar to Naoremthong’ conducted their one day sit in protest at the Tera Loukrakpam Leikai from 10 am this morning till 3 pm in the afternoon.Senior opposition MLA, O Joy also made his presence felt by participating in the dharna, wherein he expressed that even though the move of the state government to widen the existing Tera bazaar to Naoremthong road stretch is a good initiative it would have been better if the government had considered the fact that on one side of the road there are standing properties including houses and buildings while the other side of the road are mostly Khashland. Instead of acquiring the lands from the Patsoi side of the road which mainly consist of buildings and houses, the government should have considered acquisition of the Sagolband side he added. He further added that the government should consider the matter seriously and in case of failure of the state government to take the matter seriously, he will himself support any action or agitation taken up by the people of the area, the senior opposition leader stated.

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