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Friday, April 12, 2019

Disputes block Rs 32.12-crore payment for land acquisition

Disputes block Rs 32.12-crore payment for land acquisition

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, April 11

Four years after the acquisition of their fertile lands for the widening of the national highway (NH) between Bhawanigarh and Barnala, the owners of 67,988.81 sq yards are still awaiting their payments. Though the government has already released their payments of Rs 32.12 crore around three years ago, their personal disputes have delayed the release of their money.

As per sources, in the first phase the National Highways Authority of India in January 2014 had acquired 9,09,141.71 sq yards from 3,000 persons. The authorities released all Rs 459 crore within five months of the acquisition. But of the total amount released, around Rs 20 crore is still lying in the account of the Sangrur administration as Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDR) after disputes cropped up between owners of 47,614.74 sq yards over the distribution of payment made by the state government for the acquisition of their land.

“We are three brothers and two sisters. Initially our sisters had said they did not need any share from our ancestral land. But after the acquisition of land when they got to know that we would receive lakhs of rupees, they started demanding their share and lodged their objection and our case was sent to court. Officers are not at fault and they are cooperating with us,” said a local.

In the second supplementary purchase of land in July 2016, for which all payment of Rs 212.88 crore was released to the Sangrur administration by the Punjab government in September 2016, the National Highway Authority of India acquired 3,15,964.53 sq yards from 3,000 residents. But out of total acquired land, the payment of Rs 12.17 crore is still lying as FDRs after differences cropped up between the owners of 20,374.07 sq yards.

“Officers of the SDM office are calling us repeatedly to release our payment. We are trying to settle the things,” said another land owner. Sangrur SDM Avikesh Gupta said out of total Rs 671-crore payment, Rs 32.17 crore was lying in their account as FDRs.

“Many have settled their disputes after our intervention, but all are not ready to accept our mediation. We have referred only disputed cases to court and owners will get interest also on their total payment after settling their disputes,” said SDM Gupta.

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