Mumbai-Nagpur super highway: 5 reasons why Nashik farmers are unhappy with compensation
The proposed highway is 701km long, running across ten districts of the state. It has met with stiff resistance from farmers who stand to lose over 10,000 hectares for building the highway.mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2017 12:29 IST
The state government’s announcement of compensation for farmers in Nashik has got them more angry than before, with protests against the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur super communication highway worsening in Maharashtra.
While the district collectorate believes the compensation, in the range of Rs40 lakh to Rs80lakh a hectare, is among the highest so far, farmers have called this a bluff. The proposed highway is 701km long, running across ten districts of the state. It has met with stiff resistance from farmers who stand to lose over 10,000 hectares for building the highway.
Here are five reasons why farmers are not impressed with the compensation offered by the state:
1 . A majority of farmers in this belt own small land parcels in the range of one to five acres. So, their compensation comes to Rs16.6 lakh to Rs33.33 lakh for an acre. (One hectare is 2.4 acres) Farmers believe this amount is not enough to compensate for loss of livelihood.
2. A majority of farm landholdings are shared within a family between two to three siblings. With around ten people on an average dependent on a single landholding, the compensation also gets divided between two to three families, thus bringing down its value
3. The government had promised a compensation five times the value of the land. The one-time payment announced, however, presumes a ready reckoner rate of the land as low as Rs8 lakh to Rs16 lakh a hectare . The market value of the land in the Nashik belt – used for land transactions – is more than three times the ready reckoner rate considered by the government.
4. Farmers say if the government’s intention is good, it should adopt the Land Acquisition Law, 2013 for acquiring the land. This law promises five times the value of the land as compensation. It also ensures that market value of the land is considered and not ready reckoner, which is generally lower. The law also prohibits acquisition of irrigated lands.
5 .The land being acquired in Nashik district is largely irrigated and is considered as the vegetable belt of the state. Farmers here fare better than those dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Grapes grown in some villages are exported to Europe. A majority of villagers, including youngsters, are completely dependent on agriculture. There is a good demand for land in this area owing to which the proposal of selling land for a one-time payment is not cutting ice with the farmers.