Monday, June 19, 2017

Refugee issue under threat as Greenfield Airport set for take-off

Itanagar: The much debated Greenfield Airport at Hollongi might be given wings after the Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench dismissed the PIL filed in 2015.

On disposing the case, the court directed the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner, “To ensure that compensation that is payable on account of acquisition of land, is done upon due and proper verification of the claims of the genuine land owners and as per rates permissible under law.”

A Facebook post in 2012 reported that around 400 Chakma and Hajong persons will be displaced from the proposed Greenfield Airport at Hollong. Last year the Greenfield Airport Land Affected People’s Forum of Hollongi (GALAPF) secretary Likha Teji questioned as to why the Airports Authority of India (AAI) rejected the Banderwa-Karsingsa site and selected Hollongi adding that the initial compensation was Rs 507 per sqm and was hiked four times for rural and two times for urban areas by a central act. The land owners had unanimously consented to accept double the rate at Rs 1014 per sqm, which was never paid and the issue dragged on.
To end the dispute the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) even had stepped in to create a channel between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Arunachal Pradesh government in making way for the construction of a new Greenfield airport at Itanagar at a cost of Rs 650 crore.
19/06/17 NorthEastToday