Monday, January 13, 2020

Airport project: Landowners won’t hit the jackpot

Aittiana (Raikot): Farmers who were hoping to earn mega bucks from acquisition of land for the international airport at Halwara will have to contend with a compensation amount much lower than what they were expecting.
Farmers in Aittiana were hoping they would get anything between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore per acre for the project, just like the amount which was paid to farmers in Mohali for Chandigarh International Airport. However, a top source in the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada) said the land compensation amount won’t be so high as there was a difference in the value of land between Aittiana and Mohali.

According to the source, data collected by Glada from the area showed that the value of land in the area was around Rs 8 lakh per acre for three years and the farmers could be offered around Rs 22 lakh per acre for the project. The source added that 90 families would be paid an additional Rs 5.5 lakh as relief and resettlement amount for their land being acquired for the project.

The relief amount has been approved by the divisional commissioner of Patiala division on the basis of a social impact survey by Panjab University. Also, the process of land acquisition could take time as farmers said corrections were needed in revenue records when it came to ownership in 70% cases.

When contacted, Glada additional chief administrator Bhupinder Singh, who is also the land acquisition collector (LAC), confirmed that they collected data of land rates in the area for last three years and also looked at the amount demanded by the 200 farmers whose land was to be acquired for the project. He said this data had been sent to the state housing and urban development department and the rates will be approved by the government.

A source said if the farmers were not happy with land rates, they could approach the divisional commissioner for enhancement of rates or move court. “But they cannot say no to land acquisition for a development project,” added the source.

The LAC said once the rates were approved by the government, they would then make a draft award and final award, after which farmers could collect the compensation. He said they would try to complete the process in January itself.
13/01/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India
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