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Public hearing on Ring Road construction begins

The ring road will be passing through 25 villages and may affect as many as 707 households or properties, directorate of environment and climate change, T Brajakumar who is also a member of SIA said

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 20 Apr 2022, 3:09 am

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

 

A ‘Public hearing for seeking feedback of the affected persons and for finalisation of the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report and Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP)’ started at Shin Suba Shanglen, Bashikhong Imphal East district on Tuesday, as a part of the initiatives taken by the new government for construction of ring road within Imphal East district.

The ring road will pass through 25 villages in Imphal East district. Some paddy fields, indigenous places etc. will be affected by the construction of the ring road.

On the occasion, joint director, directorate of environment and climate change, T Brajakumar who is also a member of SIA said the hearing will take suggestions from the people whose lands are affected with the construction as well as take notes on the social impact.

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He said the construction of a ring road passing through Imphal City and Thoubal town will help in reducing the traffic congestion. The road will be passing through 25 villages and may affect as many as 707 households or properties, he said. The authority concerned had been conducting a survey for the past 120 days for the affected properties, he added.

Brajakumar further said that the people should not consider the compensations as just money but should also look into the larger benefits which the Ring Road will bring. There are certain policies for the government to provide alternative lands for those whose properties are affected so that they can construct a new house.

To speed up the project, the people can give their opinions in the next 10 days to the ‘Grievance cell’, he added.

He said the SIA unit is an independent body; the suggestion of people will be considered with the implementing agencies. He further appealed to the people not to have suspicion as SIA shall not work under the influence of a third party.

Meanwhile, Pradhan of Bashikhong gram panchayat, Binolata Ningombam urged the state government and authority concerned to construct the ring road by not affecting any properties.

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“Although compensation is provided, if the land owners still lose their paddy fields, which are their main source of income, from where they will earn a living, it will be hard to find a proper place to construct a new house as well,” she said.

Pradhan of Kyamgei gram panchayat, A Subhash said the state government has been taking various initiatives to save paddy land; however, most of the paddy lands are destroyed by the rich.

Khurai Konsam Leikai Nupi Lup also warned that the state government should bear the consequences if the construction of ring road affects the historic ‘Ipum Pat’ located at Khurai Konsam Leikai, Imphal East.

Some of the villagers of Langthabal Chingthak; Basikhong; Khurai Konsam Leikai; Kairang also held protests against the construction of the ring road.
 

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First published:20 Apr 2022, 3:09 am

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