Metro in city: res­i­dents jit­tery over land ac­qui­si­tion

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Ar­jun Sharma ar­jun.sharma@hin­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

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.

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