Gwalior: The Madhaya Pradesh government’s decision to shift power station from Dabra Road to Addupura has created simmering discontent among the farmers, who are now demanding return of their farm land which was acquired to set up the power plant.

Sixteen years ago, the state government had acquired 30 hectare of land at the rate of Rs 2.5 lakh from 55 farmers of Nagaur, Turari and Barauri villages in Dabra Road area for a power station to be set up by the Power Grid Corporation.

Later, the location of the power station was shifted to Addupura where construction of boundary wall around the area has already begun.

The setting up of the power plant has hiked the market value of land in the area as several educational institutions are coming up in and around the proposed site. As per estimates, the price of the land has gone as high as Rs 3 crore per hectare.

The farmers argue that the government has failed to set up the power plant at Dabra, therefore the acquired land should be returned back to them. If the government fails to do so, it should compensate them at the market rate.

The farmers have formed a Morcha to fight for their cause. The Morcha president Girraj Singh said he has taken up the issue with the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

However, the state administration has not made its stand clear on the issue. Joint Collector Rajesh Batham said the farmers’ demand would be duly considered.

JPN/Bureau