Farmers from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab, India has filed objections to the proposal of acquisition of land by the National Highway Authority of India for 45 hectares of land needed to build the Integrated Check post and road to connect the Kartarpur Corridor from the Indian side. Most of the objecting farmers claim that they are not being given appropriate compensation by the Indian Government, keeping in view of the current price of land and the compensation paid previously for similar land acquisition.
The farmers argued that they should be given higher compensation as proposed by the Government as agriculture is their primary source of income. Moreover, recent land deals in Pakho Ke and Chandu Nangal villages were in between eighty lakhs to One crore twenty lakh Indian rupees per acre. Even the government compensated to the tune of eighty lakh per acres during a recent land accusation for the Amritsar- Tarn Taran Highway.
The National Highway Authority of India requires to acquire a total of 45 hectares of land near the International border at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab. According to its plans, 21.23 hectares is needed for the proposed Integrated Check post and the rest to connect the 4.25 kilometer link road from the International border to the Highway. The NHAI published its notifications on January 23rd and land owners have time till February 13th to file objections.
So far, 18 farmers have filed objections, mostly seeking higher compensation and some few are expected to follow according the farmers. The objecting farmers have submitted letters drafted by lawyers citing related acts. Both India and Pakistan government are committed to open the Kartarpur Corridor before November this year, during the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.