GMADA to drop development projects

Shocked by the hefty demands of compensation for the land under acquisition to create wider road connectivity for the upcoming international airport in Mohali and mixed land use...

Written by Nitin Jain | Mohali | Published:January 10, 2009 1:42 am

Says Rs 25-crore compensation demand for land ‘unacceptable’

Shocked by the hefty demands of compensation for the land under acquisition to create wider road connectivity for the upcoming international airport in Mohali and mixed land use,the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is contemplating to drop the development projects.

“We will be left with no other option but to drop our plans,” said Greater Mohali Area Development Authority Chief Administrator (CA) Vivek Partap Singh,when asked to comment on the demands ranging up to Rs 25 crore per acre for agricultural and other land under acquisition.

He said the maximum compensation amount,that the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority could bear,could be between Rs 1 crore and Rs 1.5 crore per acre,but if the landowners remained adamant on compensation higher than this or the compensation rate is fixed up and above what has been offered for 306 acres already acquired in Jheourheri village for construction of the international civil airport terminal building,then it would not be viable for Greater Mohali Area Development Authority to go ahead with its plans.

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority Chartered Accountant (CA) said even after acquiring the land at the rate of Rs 1.5 crore per acre,the cost of road construction touches Rs 35 crore per kilometre.

Singh cited a recent example of higher land compensation demand leading to dropping of the development project in Bathinda,where the landowners were adamant for compensation at the rate of Rs 6 crore per acre,but the development authority concerned decided to shelve the project.

Considering the case of residents of Desumajra and Fatehullapur villages in Kharar municipal limits,where 9.52 acres is under acquisition,the GMADA CA said keeping in view the public destruction feared due to joint land acquisition notice of 269.52 acres in Ballomajra,Baliali,Desumajra and Fatehullapur villages for construction of 200-feet-wide road and mixed land use,the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority has decided to bifurcate the parcels of land required for road construction and mixed land use.

“While we intend to first go ahead with the acquisition of the land required for road construction as per plan,we will consider making alterations in the mixed land use plan to avoid destruction of legal structures,if any,falling under the original plan,” revealed Vivek Partap Singh,while clarifying that Greater Mohali Area Development Authority will never intend to cause public destruction and loss for the sake of generating revenue.

Singh said Rs 1.07 crore per acre compensation has been fixed for 165 acres under acquisition for construction of the 300-feet-wide road from the airport to Chhat village on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway via Sector 66 in Mohali.

This road will further lead to the proposed Mohali-Phagwara Expressway.

After issuing the final land acquisition notification under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act,1894,the process to disburse compensation and possession of land will begin soon. The rates for the rest almost 1,000 acres under acquisition remains undecided due to the higher demands of compensation.

The district-level land price fixation committee will meet again soon in a bid to reach a consensus on amicable compensation award,otherwise the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority will drop the projects as unviable.

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