Imphal, Jan 25:
Residents of Kangchup are vehemently opposing the construction of a POL Depot by Bharat Petroleum Corporation. On October 26, 2022 the government issued an order to hand over the land at Kangchup foothills, bearing Dak numbers 38 and 40, covering an area of 1.36 acres and 1.24 acres respectively, to Bharat Petroleum invoking Section 14 (A) of the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment) Act, 2022.
In a press conference held today, spokespersons for the Kangchup community articulated their concerns, asserting that the proposed construction would bring about the demolition of essential community assets. The affected areas include a playground, a bustling market shed, and numerous houses, jeopardizing the fabric of daily life in the village.
The residents had previously voiced their opposition even before the government officially published the order. Their apprehensions extend beyond the loss of physical structures, encompassing fears that the demolition of houses might jeopardize the official recognition of the village, as a minimum number of residences are often a prerequisite.
Of paramount concern is the proximity of the proposed oil depot to residential areas. Residents argue that such a configuration poses inherent risks, particularly given the historical backdrop of violence and ethnic conflict in the Kangchup area. The fear is that this could compromise the safety and well-being of the community.