Led by Sukhbir, Akali Dal leaders protest “extremely low” compensation paid to farmers, detainees

SHIROMANI AKALI Dal (SAD), President Sukhbir Singh Badal and other party leaders were arrested here on Wednesday on their way to the chief minister’s residence in Chandigarh to protest “extremely low prices for farmers to acquire their land for various road projects under the Bharat Project Mala ”.

Earlier, party activists gathered in Gurdwara Amb Sahib, from where they marched to the residence of the Chief Minister in tractors as well as on foot. The protest march was stopped near the border with Chandigarh, where SAD leaders demanded the arrest.

Sukhbir said: β€œThe Congressional government blocked the fair compensation claim of more than two Lakh farmers whose lands comprising 25,000 acres were acquired in 19 districts of the state.
Farmers were cheated by the Congressional government which granted them rewards ranging from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 70 lakh per acre for rural and urban land respectively, while they should receive rewards of Rs 2 crore to Rs 3 crore per acre. acre. “

Sukhbir further claimed that “in addition to the acquisition of 25,000 acres, 75,000 acres were rendered useless being small pockets that were left without access and irrigation facilities … over 3,000 homes would be demolished. and villages would lose 100 village ponds, 1 crore of trees would be felled under the project and hundreds of factories, hullers, poultry farms, brickyards and dairy farms would be uprooted ”.

He said farmers would also lose water sources and tube wells. “The former SAD-led government not only gave farmers a fair crore-per-acre compensation, but also gave them a free tube well as well as the ability to get a new land registry for free,” he said. he added, assuring farmers “fair compensation once the SAD forms a government in the state”.