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Villagers who sold land for Haryana's Global City yet to receive alternative plots

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12th July, 2019 17:00 IST
GURUGRAM: At a time when the state government is trying to speed up the Global City project and approved its plan, the villagers who sold their land for the project are still fighting for the benefits under the Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy.

They have alleged that though the state government has already paid them the compensation, it hasn’t handed them over residential plots and even offered any employment opportunities as promised. On Wednesday, the district planning committee had approved the project and sent it to the chief minister for the final approval.

The land owners claimed that they approached the state government several times, asking for the alternative plots but their pleas fell on the deaf ears. “I have myself written to the CM 252 times seeking residential plots and employment opportunities for village youth.

While the government has started the process for allotment of residential plots, there is absolutely no word on the employment opportunities so far,” said Ravi Dutt, one of the land owners in Harsaru.

The Haryana State Industry and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) started the process of allotment of residential plots last year. As many as 870 people, whose plots had been acquired for the government’s long-stuck Global City Project, were issued letters qualifying them for allotment of alternative residential plots under the resettlement policy in June 2018.

But many land owners alleged the government is offering these plots at market rate and approached the Punjab and Haryana high court against the decision in October last year. “The government is offering these plots at the rate of Rs 37,250 per sqm which is too high and out of reach for most people whose plots were acquired. We want a better deal from the high court,” said Dayanand, whose land was acquired for the project in Gadoli village. The next hearing in the case is in September.

In 2003, around 1,385 acres was acquired, and initially the land owners were awarded a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh per acre and it was eventually revised to Rs. 1.4 crore by the Supreme Court. However, the state government never allotted alternative plots to these land owners, which triggered several protests. The project saw multiple delays and the land has been lying unused for all these years

The employment clause, however, has been dismissed by HSIIDC officials, who claimed no such provision was offered under the resettlement policy. “The youth in our villages have been left with neither land nor employment now. If the government had developed the project by now, they would have found some jobs here,” said Dayal Bhardwaj, whose plot was also acquired for the project in Gadoli. HSIIDC MD Narhari Banger could not be reached for comment.
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