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Friday, 13 November 2020

Status quo stays on land possession: High Court

Chandigarh, November 12

Coming to the rescue of around 60 residents of Khant village in Khamano tehsil of Fatehgarh Sahib district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the continuation of status quo regarding possession of their land.

The interim order will remain in force at least till February 18 — the next date of hearing in the matter.

Their land, on which houses, shops and other structures were constructed, was under acquisition for the widening of National Highway No. 95 on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh section. The Bench had initially ordered status quo regarding possession on October 16.

As the petition filed against the arbitrator-cum-commissioner and other respondents by Raghvir Singh and 59 other petitioners through counsel Charanpal Singh Bagri came up for resumed hearing, the state and another counsel sought time for filing replies to the contentions. Taking note of the submission, Justice Mahabir Singh Sindhu directed the continuation of the interim order.

Appearing for the petitioners through videoconferencing, Bagri had earlier contended basic amenities, one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh per affected family, jobs, subsistence allowance of Rs 3,000 per month for a year, one-time settlement allowance of Rs 50,000, transportation costs for displaced families, financial assistance for cattle shed, petty shops, schools, etc. were required to be provided.

It was covered under second and third schedule of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The respondents were also bound to pass resettlement award under second and third schedule of the Act simultaneously. But both requirements had not been complied with by the respondents. — TNS

interim Relief for Khamano villagers

  • The land of 60 residents of Khamano village was under acquisition for the widening of NH-95 on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh section
  • The interim order will remain in force till February 18

from The Tribune

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