Beacon ‘denies’ land compensation

Safawali (Kupwara), Oct 9: The people of Batpora, Trumnar and Dafawali villages in this frontier district allege that they have been deprived compensation by the Beacon for land used for construct...

Safawali (Kupwara), Oct 9: The people of Batpora, Trumnar and Dafawali villages in this frontier district allege that they have been deprived compensation by the Beacon for land used for construction of Payerpora-Guthamdori road. The road is reportedly being constructed for defence purposes by 109 Road Construction Company of Border Roads Organization.
 Affected villagers said they have been moving from pillar to post for compensation 'but chances of getting it from Beacon authorities seems bleak as authorities are making excuses.'
 "After surveys and measurements by revenue authorities, we regularly visited Beacon Headquarter Ticker for compensation but to no avail," said Mousam Ali Khan of Safawali whose 5-kanal land was utilized by the Beacon for the road.
 "At first the beacon authorizes forcibly cut all walnut trees. When we raised objections, they promised us of compensation and asked us to get the surveys and measurements done, but all in vain. My 15 member family will starve if compensation is not immediately paid to us," he added.
 Like Khan selling of walnuts and potatoes was only source of income for most of the residents this sleepy hamlet near LOC whose land was acquired by the Beacon.
 "Maize, potatoes, Rajmash (pulses) and walnuts were only source of our survival but Beacon snatched it from us. The road was constructed by way of making several zig-zag turns in our land which was not needed," said Rahim Khan, a septuagenarian.
 "The road could have been easily constructed from side of the village but Beacon intentionally started the construction from the heart of the village depriving us of our livelihood," he added.   
 The villagers alleged that bulldozers of Beacon vandalized grass pastures due to which they were forced to sell their livestock on cheaper rates.
 "No residential house here is safe as dynamite blasts triggered while construction of road has damaged them,'' they revealed.
 The road has also deprived the people of potable water supply and women have to cover miles to fetch water. "Only water reservoir came into the way of the road and it was dismantled with the bulldozers four months ago," the villagers said.
 Despite repeated attempts officiating commandant 109 RCC Beacon was not available for comment.

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