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Karchana power project: State may knock on HC’s doors

The state may once again approach the Allahabad High Court on the issue of land acquisition for the 1,980-MW thermal power plant proposed to be set up at Karchana.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Allahabad | Published: August 26, 2013 5:09:59 am

The state may once again approach the Allahabad High Court on the issue of land acquisition for the 1,980-MW thermal power plant proposed to be set up at Karchana. The acquisition was set aside by the High Court last year. Around 2,550 bighas in 10 villages of the Karchana teshil was acquired between 2007 and 2010 to be developed by Jaypee Group.

However,farmers agitation had stalled the land acquisition process.

“In September,last year,the district administration had sent notices to around 2,000 farmers asking them to return the compensation amount and get their land back. However,none came forward. A report in this regard was sent to the state administration,’’ a government official said.

Allahabad District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said: “The state administration has sought legal opinion on the issue. Once the opinion is available,the state will put its side before the High Court.’’ He said it was for the state administration to decide when to approach the High Court.

“Over the last four years,no agricultural activities have taken place,as a result of which it has been rendered useless. Most farmers are facing criminal charges. The state is responsible for all this,as it wrongly exercised the urgency clause for land acquisition,due to which the High Court set it aside,’’ said Raj Bahadur Patel of Punarvas Kisan Kalyan Sahayata Samiti,which has been at the forefront of the farmers’ agitation in Karchana.

“Therefore,the cost of these damages incurred by farmers must be calculated and deducted from the compensation amount to be returned and the remaining amount be deposited in easy installments by the farmers,’’ said Patel,claiming further that a letter in this regard was also sent to the District Magistrate (DM) in November 2012.

However,the DM said that neither he has received any such letter,nor have the farmers met him on this issue.

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