Land owners affected by the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) have got a sigh of relief after Haryana chief minister ML Khattar assured them of providing suitable compensation for their acquired land.
The oustees had rejected several compensation schemes of the town and country planning department Haryana and moved the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2010. The matter is fixed for a hearing later this week.
On Thursday, the affected land owners met the chief minister for one and a half hours and apprised him about their concerns. The CM said that his government will help them in getting suitable compensation.
The state government in 2009-10 had acquired their land for the construction NPR.
“The CM has understood the oustees’ grievance and assured for all the best possible solution at the earliest. CM is convinced these oustees are original plot holders and they are resident of the state and their grievances cannot be ignored. The CM also has to ensure that the NPR construction work does not get hampered,” said an official spokesperson.
Of the 18-km long NPR, which is also known as Dwarka Expressway, and along which more than 100 real estate projects are coming up - two and a half kilometre portion in New Palam Vihar and a small portion near Kherki Daula are incomplete due to litigations that the Haryana government can resolve only by giving suitable compensation to plot owners.
The compensation process has been stuck as the Haryana government decided to compensate only those who had registered their plots. The oustees now hope the new government will also include those owners who had general power of attorney in their names. The number of affected people, including those having power of attorney is around 650.
“On this, we cannot comment right away but we are examining the whole issue,” said CM’s media adviser.
The oustees have been demanding plots of equal size in any adjoining sectors.
“Contrary to it, the government, for example, acquired a 300 sq ft plot at a lower rate and agreed to allot same size of plot at current market value. This would mean a huge loss to actual plot owners because one cannot afford to purchase the same size of plot at current market value. The court also has rejected this plan" said the lawyer of oustees.