Renuka Dam: Land owners file objections



Land acquisition process moves ahead for Renuka Dam, even as clearances and impact assessment studies are pending

Dadahu: Shareholders of 350 bighas of land, who face land acquisition due to the Renuka Dam project here, filed their objections under Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1984, against forced acquisition of land.

The 28 shareholders, along with other project-affected people, initiated the proceedings questionning the use of Section 17/4 of the Land Acquisition Act which disallowed them from filing objections under Section 5A with the collector. Apparently, notices for Section 6, 7 and 8 had also been issued but the people were completely unaware of this and voiced their grevience against the fact that individual notices have not been issued to landowners throughout the land acquisition procedure and that many of them were not aware of the process.

“We have no clue about who is a project-affected person. There has been no survey of the area, no counting of trees and a complete lack of transparency – how can the acquisition process be taken to this level without these procedures,” said Yogendra Kapila of Renuka Bandh Sangharsh Samiti. Members of Himalaya Niti Abhiyan and Kisan Sabha also submitted their representation against the land acquisition process to the Land Acquisition Officer.

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