Ja­sai farm­ers go to HC, seek bet­ter com­pen­sa­tion for land from Cidco ABOUT THE PRO­JECT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Farm­ers from Ja­sai and Chirle, whose land has been ac­quired for widen­ing na­tional high­ways 348 and 348A, have ap­proached the Bom­bay Hight Court against the City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion un­der the Cen­tre’s Land Ac­qui­si­tion, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Re­set­tle­ment Act of 2013.

The land of farm­ers from Dhutum may also have to be ac­quired for the pro­ject, said of­fi­cials. This could de­lay the Na­tional High­way Author­ity of In­dia’s (NHAI) Rs2,600-crore road widen­ing pro­ject to deal with in­creased traf­fic to and fro JNPT port, fear author­i­ties.

The pro­ject-af­fected farm­ers had ini­tially de­manded 12.5% land as com­pen­sa­tion from Cidco.

They even­tu­ally sought 22.5% land as com­pen­sa­tion at par with what was be­ing of­fered to air­port pro­ject-af­fected peo­ple. With their de­mands still not be­ing met, they have sought ju­di­cial in­ter­ven­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the farm­ers, the com­pen­sa­tion be­ing of­fered by Cidco is very less and so they should be com­pen­sated as per the mar­ket rate for their land.

Ad­vo­cate Rahul Thakur, who has filed the writ pe­ti­tion in the court on be­half of the pro­ject-hit farm­ers, said, “The farm­ers are de­mand­ing they be com­pen­sated as per the gov­ern­ment norms.”

“Our de­mand is that, the pro­ject-hit should get 20% devel­oped land, 4 times the mar­ket value of the land as well as jobs,” added Thakur.

Cidco of­fi­cials re­mained un­avail­able for com­ment.

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