DC says ‘compulsory acquisition’ can be invoked
Srinagar: Mohmmad Shafi Sheikh, a resident of Chack Panjigham village in Bandipora district of northern Kashmir has alleged that the civil administration and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation were hell-bent to snatch his property to erect transmission towers through the area for Kishenganga Ganga Power Project.
Sheikh says he cannot provide land to the corporation because his family does not have any other property.
“What shall we do without paddy fields? The land acquisition will affect us as we won’t be able to cultivate paddy in it,” he said.
He said that he received a call from a police officer regarding the land acquisition case. “I told them that no one from the family can visit police station because we were busy with paddy harvest,” he said. “Villagers have been requesting civil administration to acquire land for the construction over a hill, but they are paying no heed to our requests.”
Sheikh challenged the J&K Government and NHPC on land acquisition. “They should kill our families if they want land,” he said. “I have maintained that I cannot give them our land at any cost.”
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Hussain, told Kashmir Reader that Kishenganga is a prestigious multi-crore project and 70 towers are under construction to lay the transmission line. He said that out of the 70 towers, compensation for 68 towers have been paid, and only two farmers have raised an objection.
“There are two types of land acquisition, one is normal and the other is compulsory. The project which is almost completed cannot be stopped because of the remaining two,” the deputy commissioner said.
He said that he will try to motivate the family to hand over the land, otherwise they may lose a part of the compensation to forceful acquisition. “If people in normal acquisition got 14 lakhs, they will get only 7 lakhs in compulsory acquisition.”