The farmers of 14 villages around Bamrauli airport here have warned of massive protests if the government moved a proposal for land acquisition to develop the civilian terminal. They alleged that the government was unnecessarily focusing on fertile land even as tracts of barren land around the airport could be used.
The villagers,who have come together under the banner of Doaba Vikas Kisan Sangharsh Samiti,warned they would block the national highway and disrupt rail movement if the government did not pay heed to their demands. The Bharatiya Kisan Union is also supporting their movement,they claimed.
Addressing a press conference here,advocate Mahendra Singh,convenor of the Samiti,said: The district administration has moved the proposal for land acquisition in Chandrabhanpur and Gauspur Katahula villages adjacent to the airport on September 21. There are plans to acquire nearly 2,000 bighas of land in 14 villages around it. We are opposed to this on the basis of various grounds.”
The land acquisition process set in motion with the proposal must be stopped. Either an alternative site or the barren land should be chosen for acquisition. Such a plan will affect around 25,000 people, said Singh.