Even as Union Minister for Road Transport, Highway and Shipping Nitin Gadkari launched four laning project of Lambra-Shahkot NH-71, some farmers from Rasulpur village in Nakodar sub-division whose land was taken are still awaiting ‘compensation’ and ‘notification of land’.
On September 14, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone of Rs 847 crore Lambra-Shahkot project in Jalandhar. The minister had launched four-six lane project worth Rs 11,000 crore .
It is learnt that entire Rasulpur village was left out of the project and no ‘notification’ and ‘compensation’ was paid. The farmers had been waiting for the compensation and the notification since year 2014.
Karanvir Singh Takhar hailing from Shankar village said that his 10 kanal agricultural land was taken under the project. “It has been two years since we were running after the district administration and the PWD department officials for compensation and the notification. The first survey under four lane project was done by the PWD in 2014 and since then, it has been a long wait”, he said.
Takhar said that the PWD officials have put up pillars in their land and leveled the area also, which was sanctioned for the Nakodar bypass. “On August 16, we also met Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav and he assured of swift action before the launching of the project. However, a month has passed and nothing is done”, he added.
It is learnt that other farmers, whose land has come under the NH-71 project in Rasulpur are also facing the same situation. Many families in village had also approached Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Nakodar in this regard but their fate is hanging in balance. “Other farmers in nearby villages in Allowal and Malri villages have also got compensation for their lands under this project”, he maintained.
PWD XEN Gursewak Singh said, “We are aware of the fact that some land in Rasulpur village is yet to be notified,” he said.Deputy Commissioner, Kamal Kishor Yadav was not available for comments, despite repeated attempts.
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