Farmers’ agitation delays land acquisition for Delhi-Katra expressway in Malerkotla district
Sangrur, February 14
Greater than two years after the acquisition of the fertile land for the development of the Delhi-Katra expressway in Malerkotla district, the authorities are nonetheless struggling to take possession of the land as farmers are unwilling to present its possession with out correct charge. At some locations, technical issues have delayed the possession of land.
Protests at a number of locations
Protests are happening at varied locations as farmers are demanding per acre charge for his or her fertile land as per the market worth. Kulwinder Singh, district president, BKU (Ugrahan)
In district, 27.02 km of the expressway will move via varied components. The authorities have already acquired 279.84 hectare for the expressway. An quantity of Rs 454.75 crore can be paid to farmers for buying their land. Out of the whole quantity, the authorities have already launched the cost of Rs 356.41 crore to farmers and brought possession of 25.02 km (92.59 per cent of the land required). Some farmers say they weren’t getting correct per acre charge for his or her fertile land.
“The authorities need to take the fertile land of farmers at lesser charge, however the latter are unwilling to present its possession. Protests are happening at varied locations within the district as farmers are demanding per acre charge for his or her fertile land as per the market worth,” stated Kulwinder Singh, district president, BKU (Ugrahan).
Regardless of buying 92.59 per cent of the required land within the district, officers are nonetheless toiling arduous to persuade farmers to present possession of the remaining land because the expressway can’t be accomplished with out it.
“Some farmers are conscious concerning the significance of small piece of land that’s but to be acquired. So, they’re creating issues,” stated an official on situation of anonymity.
At Malerkotla sub division, the authorities have acquired 130.05 hectare for 14.45 km expressway. Out of Rs 233.97 crore, the authorities have already launched Rs 184.55 crore to farmers and brought possession of 12.52 km (86.64 per cent of the land required).
At Ahemdgarh sub division, for 12.57 km expressway, the authorities have acquired 149.79 hectare (99.44 per cent of the required land). Out of the whole quantity of Rs 220.78 crore, the authorities have already launched Rs 171.86 crore to farmers for buying their land.
“Aside from farmers’ protests, some technical issues have additionally delayed the possession of land for the expressway. At many locations, land division has not been performed correctly. I’ve directed officers involved to finish land division. We’re additionally making an attempt to persuade farmers to finish their agitation,” stated Sanyam Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Malerkotla.