The Fact News Service
Mohali, September 10
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)’s ambitious project to build a greenfield alignment to decongest Airport Road in Mohali besides Chandigarh and Zirakpur has hit a hurdle.
Even though the authority released Rs450 crore to acquire 400 acres of land to construct the 32-kilometre road, affected landowners in Nagiari, Devi Nagar and other villages have objected to the compensation being provided for acquisition. The amount ranges from Rs24 lakh to Rs4.12 crore per acre depending upon the location.
The protesters raised slogans against the Punjab government and demanded that they are compensated based on prevailing market rates. Farmers from nearby districts also started arriving at the rally site in tractor trolleys and by 10am, blocked all the roads leading to the administrative complex. Due to the rally, residents faced problems in getting their work done at government offices located in the administrative complex. Heavy jam was witnessed at Sohana village and its surrounding areas and the police had a tough time in diverting the traffic. Many employees also reached their offices late.