Another deadline for the government; villagers threaten stopping work at Jiri-Tupul rail head

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By A Staff ReporterIMPHAL June 6: The ongoing Jiribam to Tupul rail head construction at Rangkhong will be stopped beginning June 12, if the due compensation amount for land acquisition is not distributed by the concerned authorities within the stipulated time.
The announcement was made by G Aching, village secretary of Rangkhong village at office chamber of K Panmei, vice chairman of the Hill Area Committee, Manipur Legislative Assembly today.
He further stated that about 29 houses have been affected by the ongoing rail works since the inception of the works in 2009, the concerned DC and district administration have been intimated about the issue, but a deaf ear has been turned to the loss of the villagers. “We have lost our arable land and our houses, we have been suffering for the last two years but our woes have remained unaddressed, we are given a step motherly treatment as we are viewed as ignorant villagers, we have been living as refugees”, a visibly distraught Aching said .
He stressed that since the compensation has not been awarded, the villagers’ social existence has been greatly affected.
Supplementing the grievances, chairman of Rangkhong village, R Dinglin stated that five villages located within Noney area namely Awang Khul, Rangkhong, Lukhambi, Nungtek and Marang Ching have been affected by the railway line construction.
“Our ancestral land, farms and streets, houses and cemetery tombs have been ravaged, mudslides are a frequent occurrence during the rainy seasons as a fallout of the excavation works, our woes have yet to be addressed by the concerned authorities, as a result we have decided to oppose the construction of the rail head” he added. The villagers appealed to the government to give the deserving compensation within the deadline of June 12, failing which the ongoing works will be stopped and other forms of agitations will be carried out.

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