RUDRAPRAYAG, Mar 13
A Jan Sunwai (Public Grievance Hearing) meeting was held at Sumerpur and Chikutdham villages to expedite the land acquisition exercise being carried out under the1 26 kilometer Rishikesh-Karnaprayag, new broad gauze railway line project in Rudraprayag district, on Tuesday.
The meeting was chaired by DM Rudraprayag Mangesh Ghildyal for the villagers from 10 villages namely Daijimanda, Khankra, Narkota, Punad, Tilni ,Sumerpur, Ratuda, Mavaana, Nagrasu and Bhadgaon following the completion of social combat survey done for the 23.454 hectare of land being acquired under the ambitious project of the Railways. DM Rudraprayag during the final Jansunwai said that anomalies in the farm area to be acquired has been be rectified according to the land revenue records after registering the objections.
He said that the survey for the railway line has been done by world class scientists and all kind of safety measures in the interest of villagers will be ensured during its construction.
All the bridges and tunnel construction will be done according to the international standards and safety management committee will oversee all the safety work. The dumping of the debris would be done according to the scientific means.
The farmers from Sumerpur demanded demarcation of the land that is being acquired for the railway line project so that there is no confusion form where the line will pass in the village.
The DGM Railways BPP Bagoda informed the villagers during Jansunwai that a wire fencing will be installed from where the railway line will pass through all along the abobe mentioned villages and the department will create a dumping ground upto the height of 10 to 12 feet only.
The Sumerpur villagers said that they have all the records to show that the house rent etc is being collected by Municipal board but railways was determining the compensation for the farm land according to the municipal board rates for the farm land but for the houses of which they pay rent to Municipal board, the railways was providing compensation on village rates which was unjustified.
DM Rudraprayag said that the villagers who have land and house notified in Municipal board records will be entitled to compensation will be entitled to Municipal board rates.
He directed the officials to re-assess all such cases without any delay. The villagers also demanded employment from railways according to the merit, in the project.
Additional District Magistrate GC Gunwant, SDM Sadar Devanand, director technical Revenue Vishram Singh Negi, Gram Pradhan Sumerpur Shiv Singh Rawat and other villagers were present on the occasion.