Phek/Dimapur, December 10 (MExN): The Phek District Maytas-Gayatri Damaged Victim Association (PDMGDVA) informed on Sunday its decision to proceed with the second phase of its agitation starting December 11 even as the Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) sought urgent intervention from the State Chief Secretary to resolve the Association’s demand for compensation.
An official from the PDMGDVA told The Morung Express that the second phase of agitation, involving a 48-hour road blockade, will begin from midnight on December 10.
Meanwhile, in a representation to the Nagaland Chief Secretary, the CYF expressed deep concern and disappointment over the prolonged delay in compensating victims of damaged infrastructure in Phek district.
The PDMGDVA has been patiently awaiting the release of their rightful compensation for a significant period of time and we understand the gravity of the situation and the hardship faced by the affected individuals and families, it said.
Hence, the CYF stressed that any further delay is "unacceptable and deeply concerning," asserting that victims deserve fair and timely compensation.
Accordingly, while acknowledging the government's previous engagement efforts with the PDMGDVA, the CYF urged a more proactive and swift response.
It also conveyed apprehension over the potential impact of the planned agitation and noted that imposition of a road blockade, especially during the upcoming festive season, would cause immense hardship to the public.
Travellers, students, and essential services will be severely affected, creating logistical nightmares and economic disruptions, the Front said, adding such a course of action can be counterproductive and further complicate the issue.
To this end, the CYF urged the government to consider alternative solutions and redouble its efforts to reach a mutually agreeable resolution with the PDMGDVA before the proposed date of agitation.
The CYF is committed to a fair and timely resolution to this issue and trust that the government would act with urgency to provide the PDMGDVA with the long- deserved but overdue compensation while simultaneously finding ways to minimise any potential disruption to the lives of the public, it added.
Meanwhile, the PDMGDVA official told this newspaper that it is aware of the CYF’s representation via the Deputy Commissioner Phek but noted that it will go ahead with the agitation as planned. .
However, the Association hinted at reconsideration if the State Government provides a definite assurance during the intervening period.
The roads affected by the blockade are along the 2 Lane Chakhabama-Zunheboto Road under Chozuba Sub-Division from Sedzu Bridge (East) to Dzulhami jurisdiction bordering Zunheboto District (North) and the 2 Lane Pfutsero - Phek Road, from Rukizu Junction, Pfutsero (West) to Upper Khomi jurisdiction bordering Losami’s (East).
The PDMGDVA had earlier informed that except for administration, police, armed forces, hospital duty/patients, funeral, wedding, students & exams, and harvesting farmers—all other vehicular movement will be restricted during the agitation.