Assam Mala project: Gunjung residents threaten to approach court for compensation

Assam Mala project: Gunjung residents threaten to approach court for compensation

More than 30 families of Gunjung have decided to approach the High Court to get compensation for their houses

A CORRESPONDENT

HAFLONG: More than 30 families of Gunjung have decided to approach the High Court to get compensation for their houses, land and plantation as the road from Haflongtinali to lower Haflong under Assam Mala is to be constructed through their lands.

Finance Minister Nirmal Sitharaman had laid the foundation stone of the road from HaflongTinali to Lower Haflong on October 7 in presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The residents of Gunjung alleged that the compensation was not distributed genuinely, some people without having any land have got compensation of huge amount while on the other hand, many people did not get compensation even after losing their land, fruit-bearing trees etc etc.

The deprived people of Gunjung have earlier met the authority concerned and also the officials from the Revenue Department, who had assured them to pay compensation to those who were about to lose their land, buildings and fruit-bearing trees. They also alleged that officials from the Revenue department also collected money for processing the compensation distribution.

They alleged that there are many examples of distributing compensation to those who had no land or houses there. They had also approached the Chief Executive Member, NC Hills Autonomous Council, Haflong, with the plea for increasing compensation amount paid for Assam Mala two-way road project between Diyungmukh to Lower Haflong and for re-assessment of the zirat land of Gunjung and adjoining villages.

Talking to this correspondent, the deprived villagers of Guliabra, Delaisa, Gunjung expressed their displeasure over the distribution of compensation. They alleged that there have been many instances of favoritism done by the Revenue officials in assessment of compensation.

They also warned that if the compensation was not paid properly and to genuinely affected people within 20 days, they would be compelled to move the High Court for justice.

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