Semi Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration demanding the compensation for their land as per Central Land Acquisition Act.
Scores of the protestors assembled at Press enclave and shouted the slogans against the government.
The protesters said that an alternative 62 km highway is coming up connecting outer Pampore highway with Manigam Ganderbal through the Wathoor, Budgam, Wadwan, Narbal, Sumbal and Lar Ganderbal. The Semi Ring road starts from Gallandar Pampore and ends at Manigam area of Ganderbal.
A lot of Agriculture land will be acquired in Pulwama, Budgam and some parts of Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. Most of the affected district will be in Budgam as around 4000 Kanals of land will be acquired and in Ganderbal 2341 Kanals will be acquired very soon.
According to the protestors, the government is paying four times more money than the actual rate to the farmers during the land acquisition in other states of India but the same is not followed for the farmers whose land is acquired for the ring road project in Jammu and Kashmir.
Convenor Semi Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee, said “We have lost our agriculture land to residential colonies, railways, and highways. Within 15 to 20 years 80 to 90 percent of the villagers will be landless and on the other hand, the state government is doing sheer injustice with us by paying peanuts for land acquisition”.
“We have decided not to give land to NHAI unless they won’t give us same compensation which they pay in other states of India,” said Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat Convener of the Ring Road Land Owners Welfare Committee.
The protesters demand the government pay compensation as per Land Acquisition ACT (4 times more rate than the market rate), Government must pass the ordinance of new land Acquisition ACT, NHAI must hold Private Negotiations with affected people, Provide jobs to affected families and Provide Compensation to orchardists as per the present value of fruit.