MOHD MAJID MALIK ,BHADERWAH : GREF 114 RCC and District administration Doda is under criticism from the people whose land is being acquired for the widening of road near Amira nagar area on Doda Bhaderwah road .
According to local people GREF and administration is acquiring the
land for the road widening only of those people who are poor and non
influential while big wigs are spared .Local people of the area has
demanded legal proceedings against the officers of the administration
who have adopted pick and choose while acquiring the land for the
widening work and demolished the structures of some people without
paying any compensation . One Shiv Kumar Kotwal allege that GREF who is working for the widening of the road on the direction of
administration acquire his 9 Maqrla of land for widening work and also demolished his five shops , where as his next door neighbors are
spared from land acquisition .
He also alleged that administration and
GREF is targeting the people of one particular community and some
people who have grabbed their land and government land are being
spared due to which they are facing lot of hardships as there are big
potholes .Another resident of the same locality Ravi said , that land
,and shops upper side of Amira nagar is being acquired without the
consent of the owners and where as land ,shops and houses below the
road are spared the reason best known to administration and demanded equal land should be taught for the widening of the road if not they knock the door of court to seek justice .
Local of the area also added that district administration is also throwing the rules and norms to winds while widening of the road as there is clear and cut judgment of the Supreme Court that land should be acquired only if the owner is willing to give and no pick and choose policy will be adopted but in widening work of the Bhaderwah Doda road near Amira nagar locality according to sources till day land of only poor and less influential people are being acquired .As now work is stopped and people have done encroachment on the road passengers and vehicles are facing lot of hardships .
It is pertinent to mention here that he Supreme Court has ruled that the government cannot adopt a “pick and choose” method to acquire private land as it would be violation of Constitutional “right to equality.”The government has obligation of acting with substantial fairness and consistency in considering the representations of the landowners for withdrawal from acquisition whose land have been acquired under the same acquisition proceedings.