Farmers protesting for better compensation for land acquired for Delhi Meerut Expressway

  • | Thursday | 17th September, 2020

The farmers have threatened to stop work for phase 4 of the DME if their demands are not met within the next 10-12 days. The DME has four phases, two of which are under construction and two are operational.

Hundreds of farmers from different villages of Ghaziabad and Meerut districts are protesting in Govindpuram for better compensation and service roads in connection with the Delhi Meerut Expressway (DME) project.

The farmers have threatened to stop work for phase 4 of the DME if their demands are not met within the next 10-12 days. The DME has four phases, two of which are under construction and two are operational.

“Farmers of villages from where land is acquired for DME walked from Meerut and Ghaziabad and gathered at Govindpuram. We intended to stage a protest outside the district collectorate but administrative officials sent a delegation to hold discussions. We have given them 10-12 days to decide our demand, else there will be a complete stoppage of work,” said Babli Kasana, president of Kisan Ekta Sangh, a farmers’ association.

He said the association has demanded that famers who have received less than Rs 8,500 per square metre for compensation should be given proper amount for their land. He said land for the DME was acquired from 19 villages in Ghaziabad and five in Meerut district.

“The rate of Rs 8,500 is the highest given to farmers from Dasna. Further, we have demanded 14km of service road between Pilkhuwa to Kharkhauda and Mohiuddinpur to Kharkhauda alongside the DME alignment. This will help farmers get a better connectivity to their fields through the underpasses constructed for DME,” he added.

Officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), meanwhile, said they have already given a heavy compensation to farmers as per norms and the average rate is about Rs 6,000 to Rs 6,500 per square metre (sqm).

“If we compare, we have given about Rs 60 crore per kilometre under the DME project while Rs 40 crore per kilometre was given for the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The rates are very high when we compare it to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project, which were about Rs 6 crore per kilometre. If service roads are given, there will be no use for the expressway and commuters will start using these roads in order to avoid toll,” said an officer from the authority.



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