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Survey Underway For Imphal Ring Road

IMPHAL, Nov 10: Survey for resettlement and rehabilitation of areas likely to be affected by greater Imphal ring road which would be constructed with necessary investment from Asian Development Bank (ADB) through South Asian Socio-Economic Cooperation (SASEC) has been initiated.

The survey began after MK Mohanti and Associates was appointed as the consultant, informed an official source.

After the completion of the survey, a report about agricultural land and settlement areas likely to be affected and the amount needed for their resettlement and rehabilitation would be submitted to authorities concerned including the ADB.

The survey is being conducted exactly in the format of social impact assessment.

As officials of the consultant went from house to house in the course of their survey, many thought that it was for land acquisition. But it was not for land acquisition. It was for valuation of land and buildings likely to be affected by the ring road, said the official.

Length of the proposed greater Imphal ring road is around 46 Kms. In areas where there is heavy traffic volume, the road would be constructed as a four-lane road and in areas where traffic is relatively sparse, it would be narrowed down to the breadth of a double-lane.

Expansion of existing roads and construction of new ones for the ring road would require land acquisition and the money needed for payment of compensation would be borne by the State Government.

Compensation for dwelling houses and other properties would be borne by the State Government and ADB collectively at the ratio of 50:50.

After the resettlement and rehabilitation survey is over, the DCs concerned would initiate due process for land acquisition under the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act 2013.

Tender process for selection of engineering supervisor and consultant who would assist in the project implementation has already been completed.

Tender bids for selection of engineering supervisor would be opened on November 25 and sealed tenders for selection of project consultant would be opened on November 19.

Tender for civil work procurement or work execution tender would be held on December 11.

However, final approval of the selected bidders for construction of greater Imphal ring road would be done by ADB, informed the official.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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