Semi-ring road land owners hit streets

Demand fair compensation

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 20 2018 12:44AM | Updated Date: Nov 20 2018 12:44AM
Semi-ring road land owners hit streetsAman Farooq

The farmers whose land will be acquired for construction of semi-ring road in the summer capital on Monday staged protest to press for their demand of fair compensation.

The aggrieved land owners from various areas assembled at Press Enclave under the banner of semi-ring road land owners welfare committee.

“National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is paying peanuts to the affected farmers in Kashmir. But it pays adequate compensation to the farmers and other persons whose land and property is acquired for construction of highways in other states. 

NHAI pays four times of prevalent rates in rural areas and two times in urban areas. But in J&K as Right to fair compensation under Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act ( 2013) enacted by government of India in 2013 is not applicable in our state,” said Raja Muzaffar Bhat, committee’s convener.

“We make a fervent appeal to Governor SP Malik to pass an ordinance on Land Acquisition Act so that present Land Acquisition law of Jammu Kashmir is repealed and new one is brought in place enabling fair compensation during acquisition,” he added .

An alternate 60 kilometre road link of is coming up connecting outer Pampore highway with Manigam - Ganderbal via Wathoora Chadoora-Budgam , Soibugh and Narbal, Sumbal , Lar and Ganderbal. Hundreds of kanals of agriculture land will be acquired in Pulwama, Budgam, some parts of Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts.

In the 1st phase, Gallandar to Sumbal project will be taken up and in the 2nd phase Sumbal – Manigam (Ganderbal) road link will be executed.

Protestors said Kashmir has lost its limited agriculture land to residential colonies, shopping complexes, railways and highways. “Within 15 to 20 years, 80 to 90 percent of the villagers will be landless and on the other hand State Government is doing sheer injustice with the people of Jammu and Kashmir by paying them peanuts during land acquisition process.”

They added necessary soil excavation for new highway should be mandatory undertaken inside the flood spill channel and around Wullar lake instead of destroying Karewas.

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