Affected people stage protest at Khanyar

Accuse authorities of inordinate delay in compensation

SYED MIRAK SHAH ROAD WIDENING

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar Dec 25: Massive protest was held by inhabitants of various areas at Khanyar locality here on Tuesday against inordinate delay in compensation for their houses demolished to pave way for widening of the Syed Mirak Shah Road
 The affected inhabitants of Nowpora, Khanyar, Khawaja Bazar, Habba Kadal, and adjoining areas said their houses were demolished over a year ago as part of the Syed Mirak Shah Road project.
 They said 80 families are still awaiting compensation while 34 families have not been paid even a single penny as compensation.
 “Due to less availability of government plots, authorities promised us cash payment of Rs 10 lakh. However in violation of the agreement we were paid only Rs five lakh,” said Manzoor Ahmad of Khanyar.
 “After government promised us to pay Rs 10 lakh, we took loans from banks to buy land. But due to non payment of full compensation, we are unable to clear our debts,” said Bilal Ahmad of Khawaja Bazar.
 “From the first day, the authorities were unwilling to provide us full compensation money even as we completed all formalities,” said Reyaz Ahmad, a resident of Zaina Kadal, whose house was demolished in 2011.
 “If the authorities don’t provide us full compensation money at the earliest we will be forced to continue the protests,” the protesters said.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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