Kangpokpi civil bodies strongly oppose dropping of bypass road
The meeting voiced strong objection against the NHIDCL’s decision and the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the said JAC and DC Kangpokpi.
Civil voluntary organisations of Kangpokpi district held an emergency joint meeting at the Kangpokpi district headquarters on Tuesday, disappointed with the alleged unjustified decisions of National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and the decision of DC Kangpokpi in signing MoU in connection with the dropping of Kangpokpi bypass road.
The meeting minutely deliberated about the unexpected decision of NHIDCL in dropping Kangpokpi bypass road with reference to a video conference held under the chairmanship of MD, NHIDCL on February 8. It also discussed the Memorandum of Understanding signed in connection with the matter between the Joint Action Committee against the proposed Diversion of the Kangpokpi Bypass of the National Highway 2 and deputy commissioner Kangpokpi this morning.
The meeting at the outset unanimously voiced strong objection against the NHIDCL’s decision and the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the said JAC and DC Kangpokpi.
Earlier, the NHIDCL executive director (Projects), RO-Imphal had submitted a representation informing the deputy commissioner Kangpokpi that Kangpokpi bypass will not be developed.
The representation stated the existing carriageway will be strengthened/improved without any further expansion on both ends due to agitation from local people in regard to alignment of Kangpokpi bypass.
It also requested the DC Kangpokpi not to carry out further acquisition of land and disbursement of compensation for Kangpokpi bypass.
Subsequently, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the JAC against the proposed Diversion of Kangpokpi Bypass of NH-2 and DC Kangpokpi this morning.
The MoU stated that as the Kangpokpi bypass is altogether dropped, the question of diversion of the bypass does not remain and the JAC agreed to suspend the bandh or any agitation on the National Highway immediately.
The emergency joint meeting articulated to the NHIDCL that none of the local people of Kangpokpi protested or agitated while wondering whom the local people are who the NHIDCL had referred to as agitating against the alignment of Kangpokpi Bypass.
It also pointed out that the ‘JAC against the proposed Diversion of Kangpokpi Bypass of the NH-2’ is a committee formed by a handful of vested individuals from T Khullen, Daili and Tumnoupokpi Naga villages.
The JAC has been formed to politicise the Asian Highway construction works and it is supported by various Naga bodies to communalize the issue, and they have nothing to do with the local issue of Kangpokpi, it stated.
A Joint Action Committee against dropping of Kangpokpi Bypass of NH-2 was formed to spearhead the issue and movement.
The JAC against dropping of Kangpokpi Bypass of NH-2 drew the attention of the state government over the issue and urged to continue with the existing Kangpokpi Bypass for which works are in full swing.
It also informed that it will have a crucial meeting very soon and announced its course of action plan including intense form of agitation in case the NHIDCL withdraw its decision to drop Kangpokpi Bypass and DC Kangpokpi declare the MoU null and void.
The emergency joint meeting was attended by Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi, KSO Sadar Hills, Kuki Women Union Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi Town Committee, Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation, Kangpokpi Youth Union, Asian Highway Land Affected Villages Chairmen/Chiefs Association (AHLACCA) covering Gamgiphai to Taphou Kuki, various intellectual bodies, well-wishers etc.