Pasighat-Murkongselek railway project in jeopardy

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ITANAGAR, Sep 13: The way forward for the much-hyped Pasighat-Murkongselek railway project is in jeopardy with Indian railways (IR) authorities elevating concern over the land compensation charge.
The North Eastern Frontier railway (NFR) has introduced that till the land charge problem is settled by the Arunachal Pradesh authorities, they may stall the land acquisition course of and no compensation might be supplied from their facet.
The NFR additionally alleged that the East Siang district administration distributed compensation for the primary section, from 2.6 km to 9.2 km, regardless of objection raised by the railways authorities.
“The DC made disbursement of land compensation for Phase-I without the consent of the railways. The land rate fixed for both Phase-I and -II is unreasonably high. The state government was apprised of the matter by the railways to reduce land rates to a reasonable level,” the NFR remarked in a report.
It added that it’s consulting with the state authorities to look at various alignments the place land charges are decrease.
The land charge fastened by the Arunachal authorities is Rs 891 per sq. metre, which the NFR considers to be excessive. The land compensation for the primary section is reportedly Rs 73 crore.
On its half, the East Siang district administration dismissed the NFR’s allegation and claimed that members of the NFR had been a part of the land fixation board.
“The compensation rate was fixed as per the Jonai (Assam) rate. In the land compensation board there was a member from the railways, too. If they had issues with the high rate, they should have raised it when the meetings were being held to fix the final rate. The compensation rate was approved by the state government. Also, public hearings were held and land was acquired after following all rules,” mentioned East Siang District Land & Revenue Settlement Officer O Nangkar.
He added: “The compensation rate for the Ruksin-Pasighat railway line and land for the Indian Army at Rayang were approved at the same time. The rate for the Indian Army was less in comparison to the railways, and since then the NFR authorities have made an issue out of it. But there cannot be a comparison between the two.”
Speaking to this every day, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak mentioned he had no function in the fixing of the land charge and he solely oversaw the distribution of compensation to the land homeowners as the pinnacle of the administration.
Earlier this yr, MoS for railways Rajen Gohain had cited excessive compensation charge for the delay in execution of the Pasighat-Mukongselek railway project.
Member of Parliament from japanese Arunachal, Ninong Ering, whereas attending an NFR assembly in Tinsukia (Assam) on Wednesday raised concern over the delay in the land acquisition course of for this project, and urged the union railway ministry to resolve the problem on the earliest.
Union railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu had laid the inspiration stone for the development of the 26-km-long new broad gauge railway line from Murkongselek in Assam to Pasighat in May 2017. The complete size of the project is 26 kms, and the primary 2.6 kms fall in Assam, whereas the remaining line is in Arunachal Pradesh.
The complete sanctioned price of the project is Rs 414 crore, and the land acquisition course of in the state began in 2014. The land acquisition estimate for the Assam facet is but to be obtained by the IR.
After Hollongi airport and the Trans-Arunachal Highway street initiatives, the Pasighat-Murkongselek railway project can also be caught in the compensation problem.

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