Manipur Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai on Friday made an earnest appeal to all affected villages and stakeholders in connection with the Tamenglong-Tousem road "to be generous" and allow the workers to complete the construction of the people's road.
Newmai was speaking at a meeting with all village authorities and land owners of Inrianglong, Dailong, Namtiram-l, Namtiram-ll, Phellong, Azuram, Mandeu and Tousem in the presence of the sub-divisional officer Paul Nangsha and sub-Divisional Officer Tamenglong Imosana Singh in connection with the construction of Tamenglong to Mahur road (NH-137).
Newmai urged all land owners, village authority members to have bigger hearts so that good roads may be constructed to remove various grievances.
“We are not forcing the land owners but request you to have bigger hearts to allow the completion without any compensation. You all have the right to oppose and demand but our case is different,” he said.
Many proposals were put to construct Tamenglong to Tousem and Halflong road, but in a special case, the government has allowed the construction of Tamenglong - Tousem- Halflong road by declaring it as the National Highway 137. He reminded that the construction was allowed but with zero compensation.
He said that “if there is good road connectivity our grievances will be reduced and our living standards will gradually change.”
Paul Nangsha on behalf of district administration Tamenglong welcomed all the dignitaries and participants. He said Tamenglong to Tousem-Halflong road is highly important for Tamenglong district particularly Tousem Sub-Division.
The people of Tousem are facing untold miseries as there is no blacktopping portion along Tamenglong to Tousem Sub-Divisional headquarters, he said.
Narrating the grievances of the people in terms of road connectivity, he appealed to the land owners and stakeholders of affected people on behalf of district administration to have big hearts and be generous so that roads can be constructed at zero compensation.
However, stakeholders, landowners came forward and expressed their objection to zero compensation, citing that their standing crops are being destroyed with the road construction.