Affected landowners of Longmai bazaar in Noney district, Manipur on Saturday alleged that higher amounts of payments have been given to bogus claimants than the real affected landowners.
Members of the affected landowners told the media at Longmai bazaar that there are many bogus claimants in the land acquisition in the double-lane expansion of National Highway-37.
They pointed out that they had submitted several memorandums to the authorities concerned and departments to rectify the errors in the surveys, demarcation and assessment of compensation carried out by the departments since July 2021; however, there was “no response from the side of the government.”
They are genuinely claiming and fighting for their right to free and fair compensation, they stated.
“In the land acquisition list, a bogus claimant has received more than Rs 1 crore for a land and structure which will never be affected by the double lane expansion of National Highway-37, likewise, there are also many like him who will be considered as bogus claimants in the land acquisition,” they expressed.
Whereas many genuine pucca and semi-pucca buildings were estimated to less than Rs 5 lakh; knowing the fact of dissimilarities and the existence of many leftout land and structures, they alleged.
Affected landowners have repeatedly appealed to the authority concerned to look into the issue with the payment of money. However, instead of rectifying the errors they bluntly disbursed the money even to the bogus claimants, they lamented.
They narrated that under the order passed in written petition (Civil) No. 443 of 2022 by the Manipur High Court dated 16-06-2022, a joint survey for survey and assessing standing structures, trees, horticultural crops, etc. was scheduled by the deputy commissioner of Noney district, vide Order No. 11/01/DC (NNY) NH & R/2018 (PT) dated 04-10-2022.
The joint survey report was officially submitted by the deputy commissioner of Noney (30-01-2023) to the secretary (Revenue), Government of Manipur (NO.11/01/DC(NNY) NH&R /2018). They fervently appealed to the state government and the public in general to stand along with their cry for justice.
Further, they also warned that various democratic forms of agitations will be taken up if the grievances of the affected landowners are not addressed.