The Haryana government has so far compensated 375 farmers by paying them Rs 182 crore for the 592 acres of land acquired for the proposed Gorakhpur nuclear plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana, an official said on Thursday.
Fatehabad revenue officer Ram Singh Bishnoi said the farmers of Gorakhpur, Baropal and Kajalheri villages had been paid the money. The state government's announcement came even as former army chief Gen (retd) VK Singh, who had been in the news for the date of birth controversy at the fag-end of his career, on Tuesday lent support to farmers protesting against the nuclear plant. Gen Singh had asked the state government to reconsider the proposal.
The revenue officer said the Rs 182 crore had been paid ever since the state government had on July 18 announced an increased compensation of Rs 46 lakh per acre for the farmers, whose land had to be acquired.
The protest by farmers protesting against the nuclear plant has often taken political overtones. Political part Indian National Lok Dal has often opposed the plant, citing safety issues. The state government, on the other hand, has maintained that the power plant was required to meet the growing demand for electricity.