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Administrative goof-up impedes Jind bypass construction

Comments Off on Administrative goof-up impedes Jind bypass construction   |   February 5, 2014    11:55am   |Contributed by manoja

Fearing non-payment of dues, farmers deny land to government
Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jind, February 2
Jind residents will have to wait longer before they have smooth traffic on city roads. Reason: The administrative problems have slowed down the construction of the Jind bypass.

More than one-and-a-half years after the acquisition of land in 13 villages for the project, the government has paid only six villages. Fearing non-payment, farmers have refused to surrender their land without getting payment in advance.

Sources said to construct the proposed bypass from Pindara, Virjav, Baibatpur, Jind, Amarheri and Ahirka villages to the Narwana road, the government has acquired more than 300 acres spread over 13 villages. Though many farmers denied giving their land initially, they agreed when the government offered handsome amounts in return.

Details show that in November 2012, the government paid six villages and had fixed the dates for the payment to other seven villages. The District Revenue Officer (DRO) was appointed nodal officer for the process. But before the scheduled date, the DRO was suspended due to some official reasons and since then, no action has been taken to release the payment to the remaining seven villages.

“Many farmers have threatened to launch an agitation if the authorities do not pay them at the earliest,” said a government official associated with the bypass project.

Farmers have demanded from Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to take strict action against the officials concerned.

“The government has released the amount. I have joined here some days back and the payments of the remaining seven villages will be released soon,” said Ami Chand Saini, DRO, Jind.

Delayed project

The government has acquired more than 300 acres spread over 13 villages for the Jind bypass project
One-and-a-half years after the acquisition of land in 13 villages for the project, the government has paid only six villages.
Agitated, many farmers have threatened to launch an agitation if the payments are not made at the earliest

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