It was a piece of good news for Ravinder Singh, a resident of Jheurheri village and a post-graduate student of public administration, when the state government decided to acquire the land of the farmers of the village to set up an International Airport in 2007. However, after eight years, he is vexed at his future prospects.
The farmers of Jheurheri were given compensation worth Rs 1.50 crore when their land was acquired.
However, Singh pointed out that most of these farmers were now reeling under financial crisis.
“The small farmers who owned four-five acres have spent all their money. They are now unemployed and have no land for agriculture,” he said.
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“We had thought that with the setting up of the airport, employment opportunities would emerge. But nothing has happened so far,” added Ravinder.
Sukhwinder Singh, another youth from the village, said that when land was acquired, they were told that the educated youths would get jobs at the airport.
However, all assurances have fallen flat, he said.
“The children of small farmers are facing a tough time now. They are unemployed and spend time by playing cards or roaming in the nearby cities,” rued Sukhwinder.
Dilapidated roads greet people as they enter the village. A flyover is coming up near the entry of the airport, but the village ring road continues to face neglect.
“There were many road rollers and other machines which were working day and night to prepare the roads before the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city. But nobody came to repair the roads in our village,” said 60-year-old Gurdial Singh, a resident of the village.