Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Residents of Gill village up in arms against GLADA

Ludhiana : Farmers and resident of Gill village are at loggerheads with the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) over the issue of the acquisition of land in their village. The residents have now approached the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal).

Prof Mohan Singh, who stands to lose his three acres, says, "GLADA is trying to acquire some land in our village in the name of construction of Southern Bypass. But apart from acquiring land for road, GLADA is acquiring another 55 acres for Urban Estate. We do not want to give up our land as hundreds of villagers will lose their bread and butter if their land is acquired."

Adding to this, Gurvinder Singh, another resident whose six acres of land is up for acquisition, adds, "The worse is that the government which claims that it will pay the prevailing market price for acquiring land any where in Punjab is not doing the same in our case. The market rate of land in our area ranges between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per square yards depending upon the location of the land but the government is giving us Rs 2,300 per square yards."

"We then decided to approach the BKU who have assured us all the support. With the help of the BKU, we will hold a protest rally outside the office of GLADA on November 18," said Raghubir Singh.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal when asked whether his organisation will act against its own government said, "It is not the SAD(B) Government which is defaulting against its people. It is the bureaucarcy which is misleading the government. The proposed map of this bypass shows that how the GLADA is acquiring 100 acres in one place, 200 in another and 450 in this place for the same road width. This shows that GLADA is not honest about its own plans. Some of the farmers have approached the High Court which has granted a stay but the officials are now trying to get the stay vacated."

Lakhowal added, "I have gone through the plan thoroughly and we have seen that there are at least three other options to this bypass. Why does GLADA want to construct this very bypass which will uproot so many families. GLADA can construct road right next to the canal then it also has the option of constructing the bypass on a small water channel which falls in this very area. Such steps will save these farmers."
News From: http://www.Time2timeNews.com

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