Compensation pending for 45 yrs paid in a jiffy after court cracks the whip

After order to auction collector's office, Rs 67 lakh cheque given in just five hours

Surat: The Collector office here went into a tizzy on Friday morning when 25 farmers, along with seven bailiffs of the court, reached there at about 10.30 am to seize the belongings of the office. The farmers had reached there to seize the property as they did not get compensation for their 70 bigha land that had been acquired for the Gujarat Housing Board, Pandesara, 45 years back.

Farmers showed the court’s confiscation order to city state officer BS Patel and started seizing computer, fan, chair etc.

Upon receiving information, Collector Dhawal Patel reached the city state office. At about 4.30 pm the collector handed over the Rs 67 lakh cheque and only then court bailiffs stopped the seizure action.

What is the issue?

45 years back, a total of 70 bigha land in Pandesara belonging to five farmer families was acquired for Gujarat Housing Board. At that time the compensation at the rate of 25 paise per sq metre was ordered. But farmers were not happy with this and moved court.

In 1990 the court increased the compensation to Re 1 per sq meter. But the collector office did not pay the compensation. In 2008 farmers approached the civil court. Eight years later in 2016 the court ordered Rs 63 lakh compensation, which increased to Rs 67 lakh in 2018.

Farmers not happy

But the farmers are not happy with the compensation amount. Farmer Sanjay Patel said Rs 67 lakh compensation has been provided after 45 years. ‘At today’s market rate we can’t buy even one bigha land with this amount’, he said. The farmers said they would knock the door of the High Court for the justice.

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