Tug of war between govt and locals for land

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Aizawl, Apr 18 (UNI) The Dawrpui Village Council (DVC) here has dismantled a part of a hospital building, owned by the Mizoram government, following a dispute of the land on which it was being constructed.

The standoff erupted when some local residents, with the approval of the DVC dismantled an under-construction garage of the hospital last night.

However, condemning the action as unlawful, state Health and Family Welfare department today said they will not surrender an inch of the hospital land for the interest of a particular locality.

Meanwhile, the Dawrpui locality has maintained that the land was meant for the proposed Dawrpui Multipurpose Centre.

DVC president Chhuankima Pachuau told reporters here today that the land belonged to them and that the state health department has forcefully accquired it.

He also pointed out that Chief Minister Zoramthanga had also assured them that the land would be given to them for the said purpose on lease.

The multipurpose centre will house an auditorium, basketball volleyball court and a green park, which the local authority insisted is a critical need of congested Aizawl.

The Dawrpui Multipurpose Demand Committee also alleged that the government had constructed many buildings in the area without consulting the residents and that the area is without any open space.

They have also accused the government of poor waste disposal system of the hospital and the congestion within the campus.

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