Budgam: Farmers whose land comes under acquisition for construction of semi-ring road project staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioners office in Budgam demanding fair compensation.
The aggrieved land owners from various areas assembled outside the office under the banner of Semi-Ring Road Land Owner’s Welfare Committee.
The landowners said that while the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) pays adequate compensation to farmers and other persons whose land and property is acquired for construction of highways in other states, the farmers in Kashmir were being victimised.
The NHAI pays four times the market rates in rural areas and two times in urban areas, they said.
“But in J&K Right to Fair Compensation under Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act ( 2013) enacted by government of India in 2013 is not applicable,” said Jalal Ahmad a land owner. “NHAI is not ready for private negotiation which is a provision in J&K Land Acquisition Rules.” Hundreds of kanals of agriculture land will be acquired in Budgam district for the project.
Budgam will be most affected by the project as around 4700 kanals of land will be acquired from the district.
Jalal said the NHAI has been already deposited funds into the accounts of respective deputy commissioners. The process of payment of land compensation has already started, he added.
He added that Indian Railways recently paid five times compensation than market land value to affected farmers in Gujarat and Maharashtra for Ahmedabad Mumbai Bullet train project.
“The assessment made for fruit trees is very less. Mere Rs 16 per Kg is paid to apple farmers who trees would be axed. For plum fruit, estimate is made at the rate of Rs 13 per Kg only while as this fruit sells five times more in market. 5000 additional fruit trees will be axed as well,” he said
The aggrieved protestors submitted a memorandum to DC Budgam demanding fair compensation.