Before Metro, the bogey of land acquisition hits people

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The construction of Metro stations would require land, both private and government, to be acquired in different sectors. The residents are an anxious lot about the status of the residential and commercial land that would be acquired. Green belts, residential buildings as well as some government buildings are proposed to be acquired as per the detailed project report.

A total of 35.25 hectares of land would be required. While 32.52 hectares of government land would be required for stations, depots, ramp and running sections, 2.73 hectares of private land would also be required. As much as 6.4 hectares of land would be required for temporary acquisition.

The detailed project report of the Metro states that a total of 79 families would be affected. Of these, 48 families would be displaced due to the proposed development. As many as 74 families are title holder private land owners or tenants. Five families are owners of kiosks occupying the footpath. The report claims that 12 such families were interviewed.

The House Owners' Welfare Association, Sector 34, have already made representations to the UT Administration and held a meeting with the Chief Architect regarding their apprehensions about the construction of stations. "The opinion of the people should have been sought before the decision was taken to propose construction of a Metro station in the residential area. As per the plan, for the construction of the Metro station, a part of my backyard would have to be acquired," says M N Sharma, a resident of the area.

Another resident, Col Mahender Singh (retd), feels that the compensation that would be given to them would not be enough for them to buy houses at another place considering the high prices.

Residential land in sectors 21, 44, and Air Force Station is also proposed to be acquired. Apart from this, land at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and Government Home Science College, Sector 10, is also likely to be acquired.

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