Haridwar: In an another example of development projects being stalled due to land acquisition, a railway project to link Roorkee with Deoband in Saharanpur has hit a dead end.

The farmers are not ready to part with their land if they are not paid compensation less than at the market prices. Though the administration is in hectic parleys with the farmers, a viable solution is nowhere in the sight.

Expressing their stand, Anish Gaur, Head of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti said, “The compensation must be provided on the market rates and no compromise will be made in this regard.”

There is a proposal of laying 45 kilometres of railway track from Roorkee to Deoband which requires 65 hectares of land from 9 villages. The land acquisition was carried out from some of the tenant farmers a few days back, but later they took a u-turn demanding compensation on market prices.

Since the time duration for land acquisition has already expired, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar has expressed his displeasure over the issue. The administration was instructed to acquire land from the farmers before September 30 so that it could be handed over to the railways.

But the issue has reached a dead end as both the farmers and the administration are adamant not to budge from their stated position.

The additional District Magistrate of Haridwar, Dev Murti Yadav has assured that all efforts are being made to find a solution.

(JPN/Bureau)