New Delhi: A village in Arunachal Pradesh has now become one of the richest villages in Asia, thanks to payments released towards land acquisition in the area by the Union Ministry of Defence. The ministry has reportedly released payment worth Rs 40, 80, 38,400.
The payment was made by the Defence Ministry to as many as 31 households in the Bomja village as payment towards acquisition of 200.056 acres of land.
Almost all the households that received the payment became crorepatis following the development. While one family got more than Rs 2.44 crore as the compensation for land, another received a whopping amount of over Rs 6.73 crore.
Among the 31 families, 29 were paid as much as Rs 1,09,03,813.37 each as payments towards land acquisition. This makes Bomja probably the only village to have all families that are crorepati.
The land was acquired by the Indian Army for the purpose of installing Key Location Plan Units of Tawang Garrison.
The payments were distributed on Monday by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who said on the occasion that more such compensation in lieu of land acquisition by the Indian Army are under process and that the central government is working on the same.
Distributing land compensation cheques to the 31 landowners at a development meeting held at Lhou village in his home constituency Mukto, the Chief Minister said 200.056 acres of lands were acquired for housing Key Location Plan Units of Tawang Garrison of the Indian Army.
India maintains a strong military presence in Arunachal Pradesh and currently, four infantry divisions are present near the border to tackle the Chinese incursion. The IAF has activated six ALGs – Tuting, Mechuka, Along, Passighat, Vijaynagar, and Ziro – along the India-China border for fast mobility of troops and supplies to remote areas in the state.
The Chief Minister said the state is now moving on right track under PM Narendra Modi. He said with support from centre, Arunachal is witnessing rapid development with great focus on connectivity – rail, air, digital and road. He said soon Tawang will be connected with rail and informed that the Union Budget this year had made allocations for construction of tunnel under Sela pass, which will cut down travel time by an hour.
The Chief Minister further spoke on the one-year achievement of the state government. Within a year, the present government has made tremendous achievements in administration, health, education, connectivity and other sectors. He informed that all big pending projects such as civil secretariat, assembly building have been completed and projects such as convention hall, highways will be completed soon.