|November 10, 2017 at 10:13 am #8124|
As the railway officials, on Thursday, failed to break the deadlock over land acquisition for track doubling, Sao Jose de Areal villagers asked them to return with proper plans.
Over 100 villagers had gathered after the news spread out about the railway officials visiting the panchayat office.
The villagers reacted angrily after the railway officials disclosed that “the railways is trying to start the work without proper plans.” The railway officials became tight-lipped after they were questioned by the villagers about the earlier acquisition of the land.
When asked about the land acquired earlier, the railway authorities did not have proper information on it.
The villagers charged that the railways is pushing for the track doubling ‘fraudulently’ only for coal transportation. Finally, the discussion was stopped when the people insisted that the railway authorities approach them with the proper plans, and documents on land acquisition.
The villagers said that they will not tolerate any work at the site without proper documentation.
It may recalled that during the gram sabha, which was held on October 15, the villagers had unanimously passed a resolution opposing the track doubling, railway platform and railway by-link.
The people also pointed out to the authorities that in the RP2021 no such track doubling or any railway platform project is mentioned, then how come this project has surfaced.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Areal villagers corner railway officials over land acquisition for track doubling“