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Noise near airport set to grow

MOST NATIVES of GORAURA village bang on the border of the Amausi airport may be deaf but they are surely not dumb. They are dead against any government move to acquire their land taking advantage of their predicament, which is bound to increase in days to come.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 01:44 IST

HARRIED VILLAGERS SAY NO TO GOVERNMENT 'RAW DEAL'

MOST NATIVES of GORAURA village bang on the border of the Amausi airport may be deaf but they are surely not dumb.

They are dead against any government move to acquire their land taking advantage of their predicament, which is bound to increase in days to come.

The deafening noise generated by the ever-increasing take-offs and touchdowns have no doubt made their lives miserable. At least 100 villagers have even developed permanent deafness. But they don’t want anyone to cash in on the malady.

The state government wants to take over (by June 15) the entire village for Amausi airport extension. But the villagers think the government deal is too frugal, especially when their ancestral property is at stake.

“This we oppose. Just because we have a problem, the government wants us to settle for a low bargain,” say the villagers.

The villagers say they are not opposed to expansion or modernization of the airport, but they should be given adequate compensation and suitable land for rehabilitation.

The decision of the state government to shift the residents by June 15 has obviously come as a bolt from blue for the 210 families residing in the village.

“We came to know about the decision of shifting from the newspapers on Friday.

None of the government officials took any pain to discuss the issue with us before taking the decision,” they told HT on Friday.

In the year 2000 the district administration shifted 68 families and acquired their land for the expansion of the airstrip. All the families were rehabilitated at New Garora village. They were given appropriate compensation for land at the rate of Rs 3400 per square metre and Rs 2.40 lakh per bigha  for agriculture land. Also they were given land to build houses and continue with their agriculture practices. Former gram pradhan  of Goraura Sagir Ahmed said, “not only we are being offered peanut as compensation for our ancestral land and houses, the district administration has selected a low lying area as an alternate spot for our rehabilitation.”

“In the year 2000 Garaura was part of Behra Nyay Panchayat. Now its part of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and the price of the land has increased manifold.  We have power supply, telephone connection, metallic road and drain.

Now the rate of the land in this area is Rs 5,500 per square meter. Give compensation at the present rate and alternate land at a better area, we are ready to shift,” Ahmed said. Another resident Ram Singh Yadav said his five-year-old son Munna suddenly became deaf and dumb. “We took Munna to a doctor and he told us that our son has lost his hearing ability,” Yadav said.

“For the shake of our progeny we wish to shift from this place. Increase in air traffic and the deafening sound is making an adverse impact on the health of our children. But the stand of the government has tied our legs,” said Rahimuddin.

ADM Land Acquisition Amitabh Prakash said a few villagers were opposing the acquisition of land. He said the State Government may consider the demand of the villagers sympathetically.