Medha Patkar, Anil Trivedi, Tapan Bhattacharya and Narmada Bachao Andolan activists welcomed the yatris at the Indore railway station. The yatra visited Kali Billod village near Pithampur Industrial Area, where section 4 notices under the Land Acquisition Act have been issued without even intimating them.
The farmers came to know of it after notices were published in two lesser-circulated newspapers. They challenged this, sent their reservations to the collector, and even met the Chief Minister. Mr. Chauhan promised them that not a single inch of land would be acquired without the consent of farmers.
Even then, the collector passed the award at an extremely low rate for their land. The farmers approached the High Court, and finally got a stay on some portion of the land owing to some procedural irregularities, but the forceful acquisition is still hanging over their heads. The farmers pledged to join the Jantar Mantar Kisan Khet Mazdoor Mahapanchayat in Delhi on March 18.
Adv. Anil Trivedi said, “Legally speaking, the project planning is faulty in many ways and we need to challenge this. The challenge to illegal implementation is one thing, but the question of democratic development planning has to be addressed. DMIC is an attack on sovereign rights of citizens of a sovereign nation”.
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