THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER HEARS THEIR GRIEVANCES AND ASSURES THAT THEY WILL BE WELL COMPENSATED
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Vipul Ujwal met farmers of Dera Baba Nanak and the nearby villages at Panchayat Bhawan, Chandigarh to know their views visa-vis the land to be acquired for the corridor
Farmers, whose land is to be acquired for construction of the Kartarpur corridor, have expressed their willingness to give up their land for this noble cause but at the same time they have demanded that they be given adequate compensation for the land. The land to be acquired lies between the historic town of Dera Baba Nanak and the international border. It is portion of the corridor is to be constructed by the Central government while the portion from the international border to the holy town of Kartarpur Sahib is to be built by the Pakistan government. The joining of the two portions will enable pilgrims from India to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak Dev Ji breathed his last. No visas will be required for this pilgrimage with pilgrims coming back the same day.
DC meets farmers
Vipul Ujwal met farmers of Dera Baba Nanak and the nearby villages at Panchayat Bhawan here on Wednesday and Thursday to know their views vis- a-vis the land to be acquired for the corridor. He was assisted by Ashok Kumar, SDM Dera Baba Nanak, Raman Kochar, assistant commissioner and a number of other district officials. During the meeting the DC heard the objections of each of the affected land owners over the last two days and sought to assure them that they would be adequately compensated for the land to be acquired. A majority of the farmers were apprehensive that they may not be adequately compensated but the DC categorically told them that they should get rid of any such fear and also appealed to them not to be misled by any form of rumours. “The legal process is on to fix the rate of the land. It is the first phase we are hearing your objections and then we will deliberate on the objection of each and every farmer. Tereafter the rate of the land will be notified and if you are not satisfied you are free to raise your objections,” the DC told the farmers. He informed them that once the Kartarpur corridor had brought Dera Baba Nanak on the world map and it will mark a new phase of development which will further enhance the importance of the town. The government will invest to improve infrastructure and so will private players, he added. He said that once the land is acquired the state government would hand it over to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for construction of the corridor and other infrastructure, including an Integrated Check Post (ICP). Gurbakash Singh of Pakoke village said that they all wanted the corridor to be built before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji which falls in November.
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