Hitches in land acquisition delay  freeway tasks value Rs 31,000 cr

Hitches in land acquisition delay freeway tasks value Rs 31,000 cr

Tribune Information Service

Vijay C Roy

Chandigarh, January 5

As many as 23 nationwide freeway tasks in Punjab value Rs 31,000 crore have run into delays owing to numerous causes.

Of the whole, 16 tasks estimated to be value Rs 21,000 crore are going through delay in execution regardless of agreements having been signed with the Nationwide Freeway Authority of India (NHAI) and concessionaires.

Rs 1.33-cr loss day by day at toll plazas

  • NHAI is incurring a lack of Rs 1.33 crore day by day because of the ongoing protest by farmers who’ve shut down 13 toll plazas in 6 districts
  • The toll plazas have been non-operational since Dec 15. Alka Upadhyaya, Secretary, Ministry of Highway Transport and Highways, wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary, searching for his intervention
  • The Secretary additionally sought strict instructions to officers involved to take motion in opposition to the farmers’ unions to resolve the problem

Purpose being: hitches within the land acquisition course of and delay in handing over the possession of the land by the state authorities to the freeway authority, stated an NHAI official. These tasks are going through delays various from two months to 19 months.

Based on norms, the NHAI provides an appointed date or official date for the highway developer to begin the work as soon as the land is in its possession.

Nevertheless, in these 16 tasks, the authority failed to supply this date as land was not in possession with it. Usually, the state authorities acquires the land on behalf of NHAI which funds the price of acquisition.

In some circumstances, compensation has already been awarded to farmers for the acquisition of land whereas in some circumstances the land is but to be acquired.

Based on insiders, stiff resistance of farmers to provide their land and allegations of meagre compensation are delaying the acquisition proceedings.

For instance, in November, Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and Sadak Sangharsh Committee staged a dharna at Chhapar and Dhulkot villages in Ludhiana to oppose the acquisition of land for the development of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway.

Workplace-bearers and activists of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan), led by its district normal secretary Saudagar Singh Ghudani, stated they might not enable any authorities or non-government company to accumulate even an inch of land belonging to farmers of the area till the house owners got sufficient compensation.

Equally in August and July, farmers had protested in opposition to the land acquisition.

Among the many worst-hit tasks embrace a 62-km stretch from Amritsar-Bathinda part (six-lane) being constructed at a value of Rs 2,120 crore, 35 km Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway (Part I) with a sanctioned price of Rs 1,967 crore.

The opposite key tasks working behind the schedule embrace the six-laning of the Jodhpur-Romana (Bathinda)-Mandi Dabwali part of NH- 54 and different packages of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway.

Additional, going through delay in current tasks, the NHAI has determined to go sluggish on remaining seven tasks value Rs 10,000 crore, regardless of DPR being prepared and it’s but to award the contract, stated the official.

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