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Last chance for Scheme 151 affected

THE FINAL hearing for the Indore Development Authority?s (IDA) ambitious scheme number 151 will be held at the IDA building tomorrow. Around 250 farmers, whose land will come under the scheme, have been invited for the hearing to furnish their final option in lieu of their land.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 20:44 IST

THE FINAL hearing for the Indore Development Authority’s (IDA) ambitious scheme number 151 will be held at the IDA building tomorrow. Around 250 farmers, whose land will come under the scheme, have been invited for the hearing to furnish their final option in lieu of their land.

There are two options before the farmers. Either to opt for immediate cash compensation under the time tested Land Acquisition Act or opt for 20 per cent developed land after the land is developed by the IDA under Section 6 (6) of State Housing Policy, 1995.

IDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) CB Singh said that around 250 affected farmers have been invited to the IDA for the final hearing tomorrow and have to give their options in writing to the IDA tomorrow itself. The hearing will be held at 12 noon where senior IDA officials as well as IDA Chairman Madhu Verma will be present.

The IDA had already held two primary hearings with these farmers and had given them time till January 7 to make up their mind regarding the mode of compensation. The IDA needs around 400 hectare of land for completion of the project. While around 150 hectare of land is Government land, the IDA has to acquire another 250 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 other major buildings like Sayaji and Fortune Landmark exist, will be considerably reduced resulting in 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 6-lane road.

Shedding its time tested method of acquiring land under Land Acquisition Act and giving immediate cash compensation to the affected farmers in lieu of their land, the IDA of late has been hobnobbing with the idea of invoking Section 6 (6) of State Housing Policy, 1995 for providing compensation to the affected farmers whose land comes under the project.

Section 6 (6) of the State Housing Policy, 1995 allows the IDA to give 20 per cent of the developed plots to the owners of the land in lieu of their undeveloped land acquired by the IDA for its projects. Though the provision to give 20 per cent developed land to the farmers in lieu of their acquired land was there from 1995, the IDA so far chose to ignore it and had continued to acquire land through cash compensation.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 20:44 IST