Farm­ers ask LDA for more com­pen­sa­tion for their land

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

LUC­KNOW: Farm­ers, whose land has been ac­quired by the LDA for the Mansarovar hous­ing project on Kan­pur road, are de­mand­ing more com­pen­sa­tion from the de­vel­op­ment au­thor­ity. They are stag­ing protest at the project site since last two days de­mand­ing more com­pen­sa­tion for the land ac­quired.

The LDA had ac­quired land from 23 vil­lages in sev­eral phases be­tween 1976 and 1987 for the hous­ing project. How­ever, the con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity started in 2016. Around 60 to 70 per­cent of the project has been com­pleted.

At present, the farm­ers are paid the com­pen­sa­tion at the rate of around ₹3 to ₹3.5 per sq feet. But now, they are de­mand­ing the com­pen­sa­tion at the rate of ₹14 per sq feet.

In the re­cent past, farm­ers have staged sev­eral demon­stra­tions at the LDA of­fice in Gomti Na­gar de­mand­ing more com­pen­sa­tion. How­ever, all ef­forts of the ag­i­ta­tors to take up the is­sue with the LDA vice-chair­man were un­suc­cess­ful till date.

Un­der the ban­ner of the Bhar­tiya Kisan Union (BKU) ‘Awadh’, farm­ers are stag­ing the ag­i­ta­tion against the de­vel­op­ment au­thor­ity. “Farm­ers have been cheated by suc­ces­sive state gov­ern­ments. We are de­mand­ing more com­pen­sa­tion for our land,” said Ram Khelawan Lodhi, vice-pres­i­dent, BKU ‘Awadh’.

“On March 18 last, the LDA had agreed to pay the com­pen­sa­tion at a rate of ₹10.50 sq feet. How­ever, af­ter for­ma­tion of the BJP govern­ment, the is­sue has not been in­cluded in the LDA’s board meet­ing,” said Lodhi.

At the time of ac­quir­ing land, the state govern­ment had also promised govern­ment job to one of the fam­ily mem­bers of the farmer whose land has been ac­quired. But till date, the prom­ise has not been ful­filled.

“Farm­ers have been ad­e­quately paid com­pen­sa­tion. Their de­mand is un­jus­ti­fied. Con­struc­tion at the site is on with­out any hin­drance,” said a se­nior LDA of­fi­cial.

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