Haryana Farmers Demand Increased Compensation for Land Acquired to Construct 3 Highways

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Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

January 31, 2020

Location of Conflict

Narnaul

,

Salimpur Mamood, Pabnawa, Chandlana

Mahendragarh

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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)

State

Haryana

Sector

Infrastructure

People Affected by Conflict

40000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

405

ha

In 2018, the Haryana government acquired land from farmers** **for the construction of three national highways - NH-11 (Rewari to Jaisalmer), NH-148 B (Kotputli to Hisar) and NH-152 D (Nangal Chaudhary to Ambala). The project is scheduled for completion in 2020. According to a media report, land acquisition is underway, and 739 acres of land have been acquired in 16 villages so far. Some of the affected villages include Sangroli, Barsana, Faral, Pundri and Jamba. The farmers whose lands were acquired for the project have been staging a sit-in protest in Narnaul since July 2019 under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha demanding compensation as per the current market rate. Some farmers whose lands fall directly along the highways are being offered a compensation of approximately INR 1 crore per acre, while others will get a compensation ranging from INR 17 lakh to INR 1 crore. The farmers have demanded the same compensation for all those whose lands have been acquired. According to the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, we are to be paid four times the market price of the land, but what we are being offered is less than twice the market rate, the farmers told News Click. On August 12, 2019, the police arrested protesting farmers in Narnaul. Inder Singh, a member of the All India Kisan Sabha, told journalists that many farmers also died during the protest and that their families have not performed the last rites yet because they want to 'wake up the state from its slumber'. At least 40,000 people are estimated to be affected by the highway project. As they stand to lose both their lands and livelihoods, they plan to intensify their agitation if the government does not fulfil their demands and say that their protest could take the shape of a state-wide agitation involving blockade of roads and railways.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

N/A

Total investment involved (in Crores):

732

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

405

ha

Starting Year

2018

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, National Highways Authority of India

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

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