THOUBAL, June 1: Officials today removed roadside buildings and other structures for the construction of the approach road of Pallel New Bridge in Thoubal district.
Officials used a JCB and a bulldozer to remove the structures including some class rooms of Ideal High School, private houses and shops, some structures of Police Station situated on the western side of Old Police Station as well as the fencing and a duty post tower of the newly constructed police station which is not yet inaugurated.
Land compensation and cost of standing properties have been paid to all affected pattadars for the construction of the 150 feet wide approach road to the Pallel New Bridge since 1998, said sub-division magistrate, Kakching Th Charanjeet Singh while briefing the media.
Subsequently, eviction of the encroached structures was carried out last October after the construction of the new bridge was completed, he said.
However, after the encroachers assured that they will remove their structures themselves, the process was stopped, he added.
However, when a team of PWD engineers went to beging construction process of the approach road in February, they found some of the structures still standing, the SDM continued.
And as such the final eviction process was carried out today after the owners were informed beforehand, he said.
Meanwhile, Yanglet Haokip, owner of the land adjacent to the Old Police Station said that his land was not affected according to the earlier order issued and he did not received any compensation from the government.
But during the eviction process, some portion of my land and standing properties were affected, he said.
Following an understanding with the DC Thoubal and an official assurance to provide compensation, some parts of his standing properties were removed, he said.
He appealed to the authorities to expedite the process for providing compensation for the affected portion of his land and cost of standing properties at the earliest.
He also warned that, if the concern authorities fail to provide compensation for the affected land and cost of standing properties, any construction work within his land boundary will be prohibited.