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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Rly bridge: owners transfer lands to MC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, December 10, 2013
First Published: 23:27 IST(10/12/2013) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(10/12/2013)

All landowners whose land was to be acquired for the construction of railway under-bridge near Chandan Nagar have sold their land to the Municipal Corporation . Thus the first hurdle for the project, which had been on the top agenda for the contestants from the Jalandhar North assembly constituency, has been cleared.

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Earlier, the land was to be acquired by the SDM- cum-Collector but the technicalities of the Revenue Department due to which compensation was to be provided only to land being shown in revenue records, invited the landowners' ire.

The residents were demanding the payment for the full land being acquired and they had threatened to seek a legal course.

To resolve the matter before the implementation of newly conceptualised land acquisition Bill, it was decided that the municipal corporation would purchase the land from the owners after making full payments.

The MC had reportedly paid 10 per cent extra payment for the undertaking that the landowners would not approach any court in the future regarding this land transfer.

A resolution was also passed anticipating the approval of the House on Tuesday  before going with the purchase proceedings, MC sources revealed.

Nearly 1.49 acres of land is being acquired for the construction of the bridge and as per collector rates, compensation at Rs. 7.35 lakh per marla was paid to the owners.

The government had transferred the funds of Rs. 16.76 crore for the purpose, and the MC had reportedly made the payment of Rs. 18.12 crore as compensation to the land owners.

“All seven landowners had sold their properties to the MC after receiving  the cheques of compensation of the land. Now, we will proceed with the second phase of project and the construction of over-bridge will start soon,” MC Commissioner MS Chattwal said.

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