Metro in city: residents jittery over land acquisition
The metro rail project that has been initiated with much fanfare in the city on one hand is likely to push Ludhiana in the big league like some modern cities of the country and boost the business activity. Yet, it may face some hiccups before the project gets on road after getting all the necessary permissions.
After the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) along with the municipal corporation of Ludhiana completes the survey on all the points in a few days, a final detailed project report (DPR) would be prepared after which the next stage of project would be started.
The actual problem would begin once the government begins the process of land acquisition. Although officials of the MC dealing with the project have clarified that the project is at a nascent stage and it would take a lot of time to reach to stage of acquisition. But the residents on the proposed routes of the metro are getting jittery, as rumors have started spreading that the government has fixed a lower price of the land than the actual market value.
According to the detailed project report that was prepared earlier by the DMRC, it is clear that most of the land would be required for construction of the metro stations. There are 27 stations on the North-South and the East-West corridor that would require acquisition of land. The rail route would require minimum acquisition as the proposed report of the DMRC states that the rail FEAR THEY MIGHT NOT GET ADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR THE LAND ACQUIRED FOR THE METRO PROJECT route would either be underground or elevated. Hemant Batra, a senior town planner told the Hindustan Times that the price of land is yet to be decided by the authorities. “The project is in its initial stage and it would take a lot of time to reach the land acquisition stage,” added Batra.
Earlier, minister for Public Works Development (PWD), Sharanjit Singh Dhillon also stated that the residents whose land would be acquired for construction of metro would be compensated properly and no injustice would be done to anyone.
A question that haunts the residents of the demarcated area is, 'Where would the fund-starved government pay the compensation to the residents? They say that there have been many cases across the country where the residents were not paid an appropriate compensation against the acquisition of their land.
Jatinder Singh, a shopkeeper of Gill village where there is a proposed metro station says that in case his land is acquired where would he go along with his six family members?
Another issue of grave concern to the commuters of the city is that the DPR prepared by the DMRC has no mention of parking space in any of the stations of the metro.