Monday, August 29, 2022

Parandur residents reject 3.5 times market value offer, ask govt for find another site for airport

The residents of Parandur, who are up in arms against the proposed airport in the region, rejected the government's land acquisition offer and said that they will not hand over the land for the project. The residents of 13 villages said that they do not trust the government's promises. The government on Friday offered 3.5 times the market value for the land.

The protesting villagers demanded the authorities find another site for the project as it would destroy their livelihood. The majority of the families are into farming and are not ready to sacrifice their agricultural lands.

The Parandur region which falls in the Kancheepuram district is located 59 km southwest of the existing airport. The Airports Authority of India’s pre-feasibility study had identified 4791 acres of land for the airport, including 2605 acres of wetlands. However, there has been no official statement on the extent of land that will be acquired. According to unofficial estimates, As many as 1005 houses will have to be razed down for the construction of the airport in 13 villages.

Announcing the compensation, Tamil Nadu’s Minister of Public works EV Velu assured the villagers that their concerns will be taken care of. State Government also offers alternative lands, and financial assistance for housing, besides promising government jobs to people in the 13 villages.

“We have decided to provide 3.5 times more than the market value as compensation for acquiring their land. We will also allocate them an alternate land for their house and assist them financially to build their house. We will also provide a job to one member of each family that will be relocated due to the project. The person will get a job based on his/her qualification,” the minister said on Friday. However, the villagers rejected these offers.

29/08/22 TimesNow

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