Asian Highway Expansion: Affected villages caution government against unauthorised agents

The AHLAVCCA has urged authorities concerned not to entertain any unauthorised persons in any matters related to the Asian Highway expansion within the jurisdiction of Gamgiphai to Kalapahar/Kangpokpi.


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The Asian Highway Land Affected Villages Chairmen/Chiefs' Association (AHLAVCCA) on Thursday urged the state government and other authorities concerned not to entertain any unauthorised persons in any matters related to the Asian Highway expansion within the jurisdiction of Gamgiphai to Kalapahar/Kangpokpi.

 The association chairman Thangkholun Haokip said that the association is compelled to clarify that AHLAVCCA has never entrusted any person to act as an agent or middleman in any matters related to the ensuing Asian/National Highway expansion. He said that one Micheal Lamjathang Haokip, who is supposedly serving as the general secretary of the Thadou Students' Association general headquarters, was never invited nor entrusted to act as an agent or middleman by the association in connection with the ensuing Asian/Highway expansion matters.

“The said self-styled leader is neither a resident of Sadar Hills Kangpokpi district nor possesses an inch of land in the stretch of land between Gamgiphai to Kalapahar/Kangpokpi,” he said.

He also said it is very unfortunate that the said gentleman always acted as an agent of the government and insisted to attend any official meeting in connection with the Asian/Highway expansion related issues and along with some of his associates keep trying to instigate sections within the affected landowners in the pretext of solving the issue at CMO or Chief Secretary's level.

Therefore, it will be wise on the part of the authorities concerned to take extreme precautions from such a person to avert further misunderstanding between the government and the affected landowners' association, he added.

The association chairman, however, said that on request of Micheal Lamjathang Haokip, the association had submitted a written request to TSA Sadar Hills seeking support and cooperation in the movement. “Subsequently, we had agreed with TSA Sadar Hills to work together to resolve the issue of Asian Highway expansion which does not guarantee Micheal Lamjathang Haokip the right to act at his whim and fancy and also act as an agent of the government or middleman between the government and the affected landowners,” he said.

Micheal Lamjathang Haokip cannot and will never represent the affected landowners in connection with Asian/National Highway expansion unless authorised or asked by AHLAVCCA, SAHILCA, or any concerned civil bodies of Kangpokpi district, he added.

 

First Published:Aug. 5, 2021, 8:50 p.m.

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