Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Friday directed the state authorities to consider compensation for villagers, whose land has been acquired for construction of Semi-Ring Road in Budgam and Srinagar districts, but the payment would remain subject to the outcome of writ petition.
Residents from around 20 villages of Budgam and Srinagar districts have petitioned the high court that no procedure has been followed by state authorities for acquisition as envisaged in Land Acquisition Act.
No process has been initiated for assessing compensation for fruit trees and also no compensation has been given to villagers for acquired Kahcharai land, the petition said.
“The Collector Land Acquisition PWD (Public Works department) Srinagar also did not follow the prescribed procedure and no notices were either served or communicated to the petitioners and were not published in newspapers in local language,” the petition said.
It pleaded that authorities be directed to compensate the villagers on the market rates or restore the land back to the owners.
Justice M K Hanjura remarked that while it is evident that authorities had issued notifications on acquisition of land but it was not communicated to the villagers as such. Also, the notification has been given in English dailies which the most of the villagers can’t understand.
“For now, this court is of the view consideration of compensation in favour of the petitioners be taken up but the payment shall be done accordingly with the respect to the outcome of the writ petition,” the court said.
Nazir Ahmed Dar, one of the villagers said: “Our land has been acquired and we have not been informed about it. No compensation has been provided so far.”