Conceding to landowners’ demand for enhanced compensation for the land being acquired for the 32-km greenfield alignment to decongest the Airport Road in Mohali, the Mohali revenue department has decided to increase the rates. NHAI’s ₹700-crore project has been on hold in the wake of landowners’ demand for more award against the property acquired.
The authority had initially decided to pay between ₹24 lakh and ₹4.12 crore per acre, depending on the land’s location. The revenue department has decided that the relief for those being paid ₹24 lakh per acre should be increased to ₹1 crore.
After the department forwards the recommendation to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the authority will take the final call on whether to enhance the rates.
Mohali district revenue officer Gurjinder Singh Benipal said, “We had previously also advised an increase in the compensation and now, as decided, the final amount will be recommended to NHAI.”
NHAI had earlier released ₹450 crore to acquire 450 acres in 66 villages to construct the 32-km road, but affected landowners in Nagiari, Devi Nagar and other villages objected to the low acquisition rates.