Tribune press service
Kapurthala, January 7
Hundreds of farmers in Kapurthala district are distraught as they claim they are not getting adequate compensation for the Amritsar-Bathinda-Jamnagar Highway (NH-754) acquisition project under construction.
The farmers said they wrote to the Chief Minister of Punjab to discuss their case with NHAI officials and local land acquisition collectors, otherwise they would be seriously lost. The lands of 12 villages of Kapurthala are to be acquired according to the plan – Tibba, Amanipur, Masitan, Khokhar Jadid (Kalewal), Lau, Meera, Harnampur Wadel, Wadhel Khuda Baksh Wala, Randhirpur, Gillian, Deepewal and Ugrupur villages. The villages fall into the tehsils of Bholath, Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi.
Residents of the village of Wadhel Khuda Baksh Wala said that with only 21.01 lakh in compensation for an acre of land, compared to Rs 68.61 lakh per acre for the village of Khokhar Jadid, they would be completely devastated.
“Such a difference in the reward money for land falling in neighboring villages would be a great injustice to the landowners who would not be fairly compensated. We have contacted the Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner and the DRO on several occasions to ask them to have at least some uniformity in the compensation rates for all the villages, but to no avail, ”the farmers said in their appeal. Chief Minister of Punjab.
Dayal Singh, a farmer from Deepewal village, said: “In 2012/2013 the government of the day acquired the land for the NHAI from Amritsar-Tarn Taran-Bathinda, Moga-Barnala-Patiala and Jalandhar-Moga and a reward of Rs 80. -90 lakh per acre had been given almost a decade ago. But the current government is forcing people to give up their farmland for little money. These farmlands are not only a source of income, but have been maintained by farmers for generations. The amount offered is not even close to what we will need to reinstall. We request compensation of Rs 90 lakh per acre in accordance with the market scenario. “
The farmers said that after the acquisition, many of them would have no other source of income, as a small plot of land was their only livelihood, which the government would also take away from them.
DC Deepti Uppal said, “Many farmers have started to receive compensation. There isn’t much of a problem. Land is being acquired in Kapurthala for various projects.
About the project
- The Amritsar-Bathinda-Jamnagar highway will be 1,257 km long with four / six lanes. It will reduce the distance between Amritsar and Jamnagar by almost 114 km. On the Jalandhar-Moga road, it will cross at Dharmkot
- It is part of the economic corridor that will cross four states, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It will connect three major oil refineries including those of Bathinda, Barmer and Jamnagar
- Work on the highway started in 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2023. The project is part of Bharatmala Pariyojna and is funded under the National Infrastructure and Investment Fund. The cost of the project is estimated at a huge amount of Rs80,000 crore