Farmers demand Rs 4 cr per acre compensation for land acquired for NH 65

Farmers demand Rs 4 cr per acre compensation for land acquired for NH 65

54330439Kaithal, Jul 20 -Demanding Rs four crore per acre as compensation for land acquired for four lanning of 95 km long stretch of Kaithal–Ambala National Highway 65, the affected farmers from dozens of villages started an indefinite dharna at Titram chowk near here today. The agitating farmers alleged that the government has declared Rs 27 lakh as compensation for the land acquired for this project but the prevailing market rate is Rs one crore per acre, hence the government should provide them four times of the market rate which comes to Rs four crore per acre. They have threatened that if the government does not pay them the demanded compensation they would not allow the construction of this project at any cost. Farmers of Titram, Peoda, Sega, Harsola, Narar, Goeng, Keorak and other villages were among those who were present on this occasion. Suresh Koth president of sangharsh samiti, formed to carry on the agitation, Bhura Ram of BKU and others while addressing the affected farmers said the government was working against the interests of farmers and they had been suffering this injustice for the last 65 years. Though they were the owners of the land but they were not paid reasonable compensation for their acquired land. They would fight till their last breath and would not allow the government to play with their sentiments. The famrers leaders also expressed their resentment over the irregularities in the distribution of compensation for the loss of crops during last wheat season. They alleged that despite their protests the government has not taken action against officials who committed grave irregularities in assessing crop loss. How they could expect the government to do justice with them when it had failed to implement Dr Swaminathan Commission report as promised during election, they alleged.

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