Farmers block road, demand pending amount for land acquired for NH-73

In a protest, farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Haryana blockaded the National Highway (NH) 73, on Monday, near Kail village in Yamunanagar district.

In 2013, the then Congress government, under Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s leadership, had acquired 427 acres of land in 28 villages of the district for construction of a by-pass on the outskirts of the city, which connects NH-73 highway from Panchkula to Roorkee.

The farmers held a protest as they have not received the pending amount of remuneration for their land. However, the government had decided to award Rs 25 lakh per acre for village land, Rs 30 lakh per acre for prime land and Rs 35 lakh per acre for land which falls under municipal corporation’s jurisdiction.

A farmer, Harpal Singh from Sudhal village in the district said the farmers had challenged the land acquisition price and went to the court. “On December 16 last year, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal intervened into the matter and asked the administration to provide a compensation of Rs 42.5 lakh per acre. Since then, farmers have been protesting for the pending amount while the district administration is not paying heed to our demands,” Singh added.

He further added that they had given 11 days time to authorities to deposit the pending amount in the farmers’ account or they would gather on June 6 and start an indefinite agitation.

Meanwhile, the district administration reached the spot and pacified protesting farmers, while farmers demanded a meeting with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

SDM Jagadhri Satish Kumar said farmers have lifted the dharna after a meeting with the administration.

“We are making an effort so that farmers get their remaining compensation amount at the earliest,” he added.

First Published:
May 28, 2019 11:40 IST

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