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Ring Road project: Future uncertain as farmers refuse to part with land

DNA | Last Modified - Jul 30, 2011, 03:49 AM IST

Ring Road project: Future uncertain as farmers refuse to part with land
  • Ring Road project: Future uncertain as farmers refuse to part with land
    Ring Road project: Future uncertain as farmers refuse to part with land

    Jaipur: In a major development, cracks have surfaced among the farmers affected by the 47-km Ring Road project. While one section of farmers has agreed to hand over 360 metres of land for road and corridor to Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), the others don't want to part with more than 90 metres.

    According to sources, sarpanchs of six panchayat samiti met Jaipur development commissioner Kuldeep Ranka on Friday and put their demands, including the compensation for trees, boring, houses and no fee for lease deed on the compensated land. The sarpanchs also demanded a survey of their fields to meet these demands in seven days.

    Vishnu Sharma, sarpanch of Muhana panchayat, said that commissioner has agreed to all the demands and sarpanchs were going to hold a mass meeting of farmers to hand over 360 metres of land for road and corridor. "Out of 47-km Ring Road, around 20 km is passing through our fields. So we are ready to give up land to the authority. But the authority should give us a written approval to our demands," added Sharma.

    The division among farmers is good news for the JDA, however, another section of farmers is still adamant to give land only for the 90 metres. The Ring Road Sangharsh Samiti continued their protest on Friday. They uprooted boards and a service lane near the Shivdaspura railway crossing, developed on the occasion of inauguration of project. Badri Narayan Sharma, president of the samiti, said that these sarpanchs have cheated on farmers' interests.

    "The authority has chosen divide and rule policy to go ahead with this project. But most of the farmers are along with us and we would not forgo our demands," said Sharma. He also added that sarpanchs of six panchyat have not a single metre land which is going to be acquired.

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