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Farmers favour developed land to cash

THE INDORE Development Authority (IDA) received wholehearted support from the farmers for its proposal of giving 20 per cent developed land to the farmers against their land in its scheme number 151 under State Housing Policy, 1995 instead of cash compensation.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 23:41 IST

THE INDORE Development Authority (IDA) received wholehearted support from the farmers for its proposal of giving 20 per cent developed land to the farmers against their land in its scheme number 151 under State Housing Policy, 1995 instead of cash compensation.

IDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CB Singh said that around 200 of the total of about 250 farmers, whose land will come under the scheme, have already given in writing to the IDA their willingness for the proposal of getting 20 per cent fully developed land in lieu of their land affected by the ambitious project that connects Airport with MR-10.

Besides, 16 more landowners have assured the IDA that they are also willing to support the IDA proposal. The IDA had held a final public hearing of affected farmers at its premises yesterday to know their preference.

Apart from senior IDA officials, IDA Chairman Madhu Verma, who is the mastermind behind the 20 per cent land proposal, was also present at the hearing yesterday.

The IDA had earlier also held primary hearings to inform the farmers about the IDA’s proposals and the pros and cons of the proposal. The IDA had set January 7 as the last date for the farmers to make up their mind regarding the mode of compensation.

They were given two options. Either to go for cash compensation under the Land Acquisition Act or for 20 per cent developed land under Housing Policy, 1995 which had not been invoked so far by the IDA.

The IDA needs around 400 hectare of land for completion of the project. The villages affected by the project include Bhanwarasala, Tigaria Badshah, Bada Bangarda, Chota Bangarda and Nenod. These villages are from Indore and Sanver tehsils. While 158 hectare of land is government land, the IDA has to acquire another 242 hectare of land owned by private parties, most of them farmers.

Scheme number 151 is a major project under which the IDA will connect the Airport with the MR-10 by constructing a 75-metre wide, 8.25-km road. Once developed, the distance between the Airport and Vijay Nagar area of the city, where star hotels and major buildings in the City like Sayaji and Fortune Landmark exist, will be considerably reduced.

There will be a huge time saving for those who go to these areas from the Airport side and vice-versa as the new road will be a quality six-lane road.

Meanwhile, IDA Chairman Verma has asked the remaining farmers to come forward in support of the IDA. He warned that no proposal would be accepted or considered after January 20. Those who fail to submit their proposal by January 20 would be given cash compensation after their land is acquired under Land Acquisition Act, he said.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 23:41 IST