Kartarpur Corridor: Villagers express apprehension over losing their land

Updated: Jan 28, 2019, 11:23 IST | Agencies | Dera Baba Nanak

The villagers have formed a committee of four villages in which the land is proposed to be acquired to put forward their common demand on compensation and rehabilitation

Sikh children shout slogans in front of the Kartarpur Gurdwara Sahib after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Corridor on Nov 28. Pic/AFP
Sikh children shout slogans in front of the Kartarpur Gurdwara Sahib after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Corridor on Nov 28. Pic/AFP

While the Central and Punjab governments have been blaming each other for the delay in executing the work related to the Katarpur Corridor project on the Indian side, residents of villages whose land will be acquired for the religiously significant project are apprehensive about their fate at being uprooted from the land where they have lived for decades.

While the villagers clearly welcome the Kartarpur Corridor project and are quite willing to offer their land for the project, their apprehension is about the compensation they will receive and whether it would be adequate to rehabilitate themselves.

The villagers have formed a committee of four villages in which the land is proposed to be acquired to put forward their common demand on compensation and rehabilitation. At a meeting of the committee, in which local farmers, residents and even functionaries of farmers' organisations participated earlier this week, it was pointed out that over 200 families will be uprooted in the next three months as the government goes ahead with land acquisition.

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