Kishen Ganga Power Project: Affected families still await compensation

Kishen Ganga Power Project: Affected families still await compensation

“Around 165 families of Kralpora and Mantrigam villages in Bandipora have also been partially affected by the project. These families too have not received the compensated.

As the 330 megawatt Kishen Ganga Power Project is nearing completion, around 600 families whose land has been acquired for the project in Gurez and Bandipora are yet to be compensated.

As per the official documents available with Greater Kashmir, around 450 families of Badwan and Wanpora in Gurez, who have been partially affected by the project, are yet to be given compensation, although already approved by the state cabinet. 

“Around 165 families of Kralpora and Mantrigam villages in Bandipora have also been partially affected by the project. These families too have not received the compensated. 

“Around Rs 4 lakh are to be given to each partially affected family as per the cabinet approval,” reveals the document.

To settle the issues relating to the demands put forth by the affected families, a series of meetings were held under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Bandipora.

In May, a meeting was held wherein the issues were discussed and accordingly it was decided that the families would be provided with compensation within two months. “However, till date no compensation has been given to the families.”

In this regard, a coordination committee headed by additional deputy commissioner Bandipora was constituted to settle the issues with the families but till date, there has been no breakthrough, sources said.

“During the meeting held on 25 May, we were told that all the demands put forth by us including compensation for our land acquired by NHPC, scholarships, development of our villages and training benefits under skill development programme to educated youth would be settled within two months. 

“But since then nothing has been done,” said Muhammad Ismail Lone, whose land has been acquired at Wanpora in Gurez for the project.

As per the documents around Rs 20 crore have already been sanctioned by the NHPC for land compensation and other developmental works under R&R and CSR plan of these area affected by the project.

The document reveals that the compensation for shamilat maqbooza malikaan land measuring 369 Kanals which belongs to the affected families in Wanpora and Badwan villages in Gurez was to be paid. 

Further it reveals that Eidgah at Wanpora had to be taken up during the current financial year, and the development works and other benefits to the families of Badwan and Wanpora villages for an amount of Rs 1 crore under CSR had to be provided.

The document reveals that the deputy commissioner Bandipora had to make every effort to take Kahcharai land measuring 174 Kanals back from NHPC for grazing purpose which shall exclude about 30 Kanals of land to be utilized for resettlement of 18 fully project affected families of Badwan and Wanpora villages.

When contacted additional deputy commissioner Bandipora, Khursheed Ahmad Sanai acknowledged that around 600 partially affected families are yet to be compensated. “We are doing the verification process which at least shall take one week to complete and within ten days these families will be compensated,” he said.