Compensation: Villagers approach DM (West)
Agartala : By Our Correspondent
Hundreds of evacuees hailing from Narsingarh today met District Magistrate (West) Kiran Gitte seeking justice to people over compensation. For the major facelift of Agartala Airport, about 141 families of Lankamura and Narsingarh Village Panchayats were evacuated. The state would hand over 100 acre land to Airport Authority of India for expansion and modernization of the airport.
Agartala Airport holds the strategic potential within the NE bottle-neck with Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal lying in close proximity to it. Followed by a rally, about 200 villagers including women led by Tapan Sarkar, Sankar Chandra Deb and Kanu Biswas met the DM and urged for compensation at par with evacuees of Lankamura Village Panchayat. It is claimed that the evacuees of Lankamura Village Panchayat will get Rs 39 lakh per kani while the evacuees of Narsingarh Village Panchayat will get Rs 8 lakh per kani. One of the evacuees told reporters after the meeting that they conveyed to the District magistrate the sentiments of people and explained how justice could be ensured to them. Gitte assured them justice would be done to them. “He patiently heard our views. After meeting him we gained the confidence that justice would be done to us”, they added. The new facility of the airport is expected to have a modern terminal building, high-tech frisking and security arrangements to ensure full proof security in the usually troubled NE. It is learnt that the government would also build them homes for free. The state government was exhorting the centre for granting international status to the Agartala Airport. There was a series of communication at the topmost level of state administration with New Delhi on the issue.