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Govt inviting objections just to complete paperwork: farmers

punjab Updated: Jul 10, 2012 22:57 IST
HT Correspondent

As many as 50 persons have filed objections with the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) here in connection with the land acquisition for widening of Patiala-Bathinda road (NH-64). Villagers who owned land at Sangrur bypass road were also against the acquisition.

SDM Gurpreet Singh Thind will hear the objections on Wednesday.

Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, one of complainants, said that government inviting objections for the land acquisition was just a formality as the authorities had already allotted tenders to a Hyderabad-based company, IVRCL Limited.

"This is against the rules and regulations of National Highway Act according to which government should first consider public objections against land acquisition for widening the road and then allot tenders to carry out the work," he said.

The state government had published land acquisition notice and invited objections in this regard on June 18, 2012, but had already allotted the tender in March.

"This is clear that government is merely completing paperwork and is in no mood to deal with the objections seriously," he said, while demanding that the government first notify the rates for land acquisition, receive and consider the objections, finalise the route and then publish the tender for the work.