The Times of India, 1 Aug 2014, Jaipur: As the deadline for the farmers to surrender their land that has been acquired for the Ring Road project expires, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has decided to take possession forcefully.
July 31 was the last date for land owners to surrender their land and collect the compensation. The JDA has prepared cheque of Rs 15 crore for the purpose. “After the last date, the compensation will be deposited in the court and we will start taking possession. The work will be carried out under police protection to avoid protest.”
According to the JDA sources, out of 1,600 hectares acquired for the project, the JDA has taken possession of 1,200 hectares. However, protesting farmers claim that JDA is misleading with facts to avoid paying compensation as per new Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) 2011 Act.
Ring Road Sangharsh Samiti president Badri Prasad said, “JDA is giving misleading facts. Till date, possession of 44% has been done but the officials claim 80% land has been surrendered.”
On the contrary, a JDA official source said, “The compensation will be provided as per previous Land Acquisition Act as JDA has maximum possession of land. Also, compensation of the protestors had been deposited in the court.”
As the deadlock continues, the farmers on Friday decided to stage a dharna at state assembly. Protesting farmers said, in Section 24(2) of the LARR Act, it is mentioned that if the farmers have not surrendered possession of the acquired land, the state government will have to pay compensation according to the new Act.
Moreover in the LARR Act, it has been mentioned that under Clause 26, the state government has to give compensation four times the market value for land acquired in urban areas, twice the market value for land acquisition in rural areas. The samiti leader explained that if these provisions are implemented, the farmers will receive double the District Lease Committee (DLC) rate and 100% solarium. Similarly, the compensation for house structures and tubewells will be double the BSR rates.
“Farmers have always shown consent for construction of the transport corridor. After fresh changes in the bill, the state government will not be able to acquire extra land from the framers as it will empty its coffers,” Prasad added.
Under the Ring Road project, the government had proposed a 90-metre-wide transport corridor and 135-metre-wide development corridors on both sides of the transport corridor. The idea has, however, not gone down too well with the farmers who are demanding compensation at market price for the 90-metre stretch and return of excess land.