Friday, September 28, 2018

‘Take our land near airport, compensate us’

Mohali: Residents of four villages are ready to offer their land falling within 100 metres of the Chandigarh airport for acquisition. They claimed that it was their ancestral land and they have been living here for the past 150 years.
The Times of India spoke to many villagers in Pabhat, Bhabat, Jagatpura and Kambali. They had no objection to being removed from the place, but wanted compensation for their land. And if no compensation can be given, then they want the government to put a cap on the height of construction.

Charan Singh, 76, of Pabhat village said, “My father Ishar Singh lived here for the entire 90 years of his life. Whenever we asked him when they moved to this village, he said his father had come here, which means around 150 years ago my ancestors settled here. I was also born and brought up in this village. I live here and have also let my property. This airport came up on land acquired from our village and we are eyewitnesses to the construction of defence installations.”
28/09/18 Barinderjit Saluja/Times of India

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