Farmers gear up to sow crops in acquired land




JAIPUR: With monsoon approaching and farmers gearing up to sow the next crop, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has a big challenge ahead to take possession of remaining acquired land for the ring road project.

As the clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the project, even those farmers who had surrendered their lands are preparing to sow groundnut and bajra after rain this monsoon.

Kisan Lal Chaudhary, a farmer of Chimanpura village, whose 40 bigha has been acquired, says, "We are prepared to sow the next crop. We have ploughed the fields, purchased seeds and dumped cow dung (manure) in our fields. "

A JDA official claimed that so far they have taken possession of 55% of land that is required for the project. However, the remaining farmers who have surrendered their land continue to hold possession and sow crops as the deadlock between them and the government in connection with returning of excess land continues.

Also, the farmers who have taken allotment letters are planning to sow the crop and in such circumstances the process of taking possession can be delayed by another four months. Meanwhile, a JDA official said: "We will not allow the farmers to sow the crops this time. And if required, we will take stringent action against them."

Badri Prasad, president, Ring Road Sangharsh Samiti, said, "There are 1,500 farmers and their 10,000 family members will be affected by the project. Entire land of every third farmer is being taken for this project. If he surrenders his land, there is no indemnity what they will do till the project is completed. So many farmers cannot be put at risk as uncertainty prevails."




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  • what ring road are we talking abt here ? tonk road ?
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  • Originally Posted by mkhemka
    what ring road are we talking abt here ? tonk road ?


    This Ring road falls through Mahindra SEZ and Prithviraj nagar.
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    Farmers gear up to sow crops in acquired land



    JAIPUR: With monsoon approaching and farmers gearing up to sow the next crop, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has a big challenge ahead to take possession of remaining acquired land for the ring road project.

    As the clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the project, even those farmers who had surrendered their lands are preparing to sow groundnut and bajra after rain this monsoon.

    Kisan Lal Chaudhary, a farmer of Chimanpura village, whose 40 bigha has been acquired, says, "We are prepared to sow the next crop. We have ploughed the fields, purchased seeds and dumped cow dung (manure) in our fields. "

    A JDA official claimed that so far they have taken possession of 55% of land that is required for the project. However, the remaining farmers who have surrendered their land continue to hold possession and sow crops as the deadlock between them and the government in connection with returning of excess land continues.

    Also, the farmers who have taken allotment letters are planning to sow the crop and in such circumstances the process of taking possession can be delayed by another four months. Meanwhile, a JDA official said: "We will not allow the farmers to sow the crops this time. And if required, we will take stringent action against them."

    Badri Prasad, president, Ring Road Sangharsh Samiti, said, "There are 1,500 farmers and their 10,000 family members will be affected by the project. Entire land of every third farmer is being taken for this project. If he surrenders his land, there is no indemnity what they will do till the project is completed. So many farmers cannot be put at risk as uncertainty prevails."

    Farmers gear up to sow crops in acquired land - The Times of India



    One more reason why banks are not offering loans on these plots.
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  • Giving land to institutes at low rates proves costly to housing board

    JAIPUR: The state government's decision to allot land for educational institutes on concessional rates has given a major financial setback to the Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB).

    According to the officials, recently the urban housing and development (UDH) had taken a decision to allot RHB stadium's land which is 1 lakh square metre land on 50% residential reserve price to the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences in sector 18, Pratap Nagar. With this decision RHB will face a financial loss of approximately Rs 100 crore.

    Official sources claimed that in 2005 the board has allotted 2,200 square metre of land to the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences for free. After this, the university had asked the state government for more land.

    Sources said, "Out of the total 97 square metre land recently allotted to the university by the state government, around 73 square metre of land was reserved for the stadium. The RHB has reserved 13,000 square metre for auctioning for commercial purpose to earn revenue."

    Out of 13,000 square metre reserved, 10,000 square metre was for developing commercial units after auctioning and 3,000 square metre for constructing 24-metre road in the area. "Recently, a decision was taken in the planning committee meeting to combine the land which will be allotted to the university," said an official. He added that soon the proposal to change the land use from commercial to institutional will be forwarded for approval.

    Earlier, on the directions of the state government around 80 bighas was reserved in sector 18, Pratap Nagar for an international convention centre. The RHB spent approximately Rs 20 lakh for the planning. However, later the project was shelved.



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  • Drinking water projects in Alwar district to get Rs 1,132 crore

    JAIPUR: The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has agreed to fund the drinking water supply projects in the Alwar district of Rajasthan worth Rs. 1,132 crore. The state government on Wednesday also gave its consent for these projects. The three schemes sanctioned by the state government are water supply to Alwar city from Chambal river, upgradation of distribution system, 24/7 water supply in urban areas of Tijara, Behror, Rajgarh and augmentation of urban water supply scheme at Bhiwadi.

    Bringing water from Chambal to Alwar and further supplying it to the villages of the district was also announced by chief minister, Ashok Gehlot in his budget for 2012-13. The project will cost Rs. 950 crore. "The state government has given its approval in principle to the water projects and NCRPB will fund the project but it will be in form of loans. These projects will cater to the major parts of Alwar, especially the areas where there is acute water scarcity," said Ashutosh A T, Alwar collector. "Alwar that falls in the national capital region (NCR) has come up as major industrial town. But over the years it has faced a severe shortage of water. To ensure that it remains the first preference of the industrialists and also that the residents of the districts could get proper drinking water, these schemes are being funded," said an official of NCRPB.

    So far administrative and financial approval have been issued by the officials concerned for carrying out the feasibility report.


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  • SC notice to Rajasthan on illegal mining

    ALWAR/JAIPUR: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the state government on a petition alleging that despite a ban, illegal mining was continuing in Alwar district.

    A vacation bench of Justice S Radhakrishnan and Justice J S Khehar issued the notices on a petition filed by an NGO, Society for Awareness and Development, which said that despite two bans imposed in 2005 and 2010, illegal mining was continuing unabated in 11 villages of Tijara and Bhiwadi tehsils.

    The NGO said that the state authorities had turned a blind eye to rampant illegal mining, resulting in the death of labourers in some places. They also referred to May 18 newspaper reports saying 10 labourers were trapped in the debris during illegal mining in Alwar's Choharpur village.

    The court directed the matter to be posted before the forest bench after summer vacation. The NGO alleged that illegal mining was not only depleting the forest cover but also eroding the Aravali ranges.

    Meanwhile, in Alwar district, police and the district administration claimed to have started a campaign against illegal mining. But they were yet to arrest anyone involved in mining. So far, they were able to seize just some equipment used in mining.

    "We have seized six earth movers, 40 dumpers, two drilling machines, two power generators and other equipment," said Umesh Chand Dutta, superintendent of police, Alwar.

    He claimed that police have identified at least 36 people who would be be arrested. "We will certainly make arrests," he said. On Friday 77 cartons of explosives have also been seized from various regions in Alwar.

    The local people residing in Tapukada and Behor villages have been protesting against illegal mining and had submitted memorandum to the district collector.





    SC notice to Rajasthan on illegal mining - The Times of India
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  • Supreme Court unhappy over roadblocks in Jaipur development

    JAIPUR: The Supreme Court has observed that it is unfortunate that the public representatives in Jaipur are creating obstacles in the development of the Pink City as a world class one.

    The empowered committee, constituted by the apex court to examine the development of Pink City as a world-class one, submitted its report on July 13. The Supreme Court made the above observations based on the report findings.

    On the other hand, the court appreciated the efforts of the empowered committee for removing encroachments in the Walled City. After the findings, the Supreme Court had mentioned the committee was not focused on removing encroachments, but planned proper rehabilitation of them.

    As the state government has shown apprehensions over initiating the pilot project for ducting (underground tunnel for wiring) in the Walled City, the court asked the state government to submit the affidavit within two weeks in this regard.

    Recently, in a seven-point letter, dated July 3, addressed to the empowered committee, the urban development and housing department has mentioned the reasons for not initiating the Rs 3,404 crore pilot project at this point of time.




    Supreme Court unhappy over roadblocks in Jaipur development - The Times of India
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  • 3 state highway projects approved

    JAIPUR: The high-level committee of finance ministry on Monday approved the three highway projects of Rajasthan.

    The Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) has given its nod for the extension of two-lane highway of Rajsamand-Bhilwara to a four-lane one. The 90-km stretch will be constructed at a cost Rs 668 crore. The other projects that were approved by PPPAC are national highway-65 connecting Haryana border to Salasar and the 77.3 km long Jodhpur-Pali highway. The projects will cost Rs 530 crore and Rs 332 crore respectively.

    The state government was making efforts for a long time to get the projects approved from the Central government. However, the officials claim the two-lane Rajsamand-Bhilwara highway was sufficient for the existing traffic. The projects will mostly be built under build, operate and transfer (BOT) toll mode.







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  • Mumbai, Jaipur to get AC double-decker trains

    Mumbai, Jaipur to get AC double-decker trains - Rediff.com Business
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  • does anyone have any news regarding jodhpur sahara city ...should i invest for 3-4 years of time
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  • Prithviraj Nagar scheme: Jaipur Development Authority to compensate affected owners

    JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is planning to provide double floor area ratio (FAR) to the land owners and farmers whose land will be acquired for the Prithviraj Nagar ( PRN) scheme.

    The authority has decided to acquire plots of 2,000 square meter or more under the PRN scheme. As compensation, it was also annonced that 25% of developed land would be provided to them in the same scheme. However, the land owners and farmers are still apprehensive of the decision and threatened to protest.

    "We have prepared a proposal to provide double floor area ratio to such land owners for free. The proposal will be sent to the state government soon for the approval," a senior JDA official said. The JDA has also proposed that the developed plots which will be provided as compensation and will be allotted along a 60-feet-wide road.

    Sources in the department claimed, the decision is taken to increase the value of the land owners property so that there no protest during acquisition. "If the state government approves the proposal, the rates of the property will be increased. The JDA has proposed to provide the additional FAR to the land owners to compensate for the acquired land which will be used in development of the area," the official said.

    An official explained that as per the existing bylaws, an owner can construct up to 12-metre-high building on a 500-square metre plot. "The owner can, however, construct double the height without paying any charges after the state government's approval. At present, if any builders construct after a limit, they have to pay for betterment levy which is charged on the basis of reserve price or district lease committee rates whichever is more," the official said.

    The state government is also planning to rehabilitate the affected house owners under the same scheme as their houses will be acquired to develop facilities in the area. According to the officials, as per the recent draft prepared, nearly 1,650 houses and 700 shops will be affected if the facilities are made in the PRN scheme.








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  • Ring road protest: JDA wants top cops to intervene

    JAIPUR: Seeing the police's lackadaisical approach in taking action against farmers who hampered the ring road project work, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has approached senior officials of police commissionerate for prompt intervention.

    So far, four complaints have been lodged in Shivdaspura and Muhana police stations against farmers who assaulted company and JDA workers on the site. However, not a single culprit has been booked by the police so far.

    A senior official said, "We have learnt that the police stations concerned in absence of any arrest are planning to submit final report (FR) to benefit the accused under political pressure. In this regard we have requested police commissioner to intervene."

    On last Wednesday, due to the unresolved land acquisition issues between the state and the farmers in the ongoing ring road project a large number of agitated farmers turned violent and beat a few project workers and attempted to set ablaze the earth moving machine. Sources claimed, "An FIR against eight farmers was lodged, however, no action has been taken yet."

    As the awarded company Sanjosh Supreme Company has shown apprehensions to work under such circumstances, the JDA on Monday appointed a dedicated staff for their protection. Vineet Gehlot, director, Sanjosh said, "The JDA has appointed a tehsildar and four policemen for our protection." He added, "Protection is very necessary as at some sites villagers have started becoming aggressive."

    Though, the empowered committee is trying to resolve the farmers' demands, ambiguity looms large over the project as the Samiti farmers remain adamant that the ring road project must be constructed on 90 metres and refused to give 360 metres for it.

    The JDA had planned to construct a road on 90 metre transport corridor and acquired 135 metres on either sides to develop it commercially. The idea has, however, not gone down well with the farmers. Under the banner of the Samiti they are demanding compensation at market price for 90 metres and return of excess land.





    Ring road protest: JDA wants top cops to intervene - The Times of India
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  • Central government returns revised BRTS project

    JAIPUR: The Union government has returned the revised Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project seeking an explanation of funds utilized in the project that were approved earlier. The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) had recently sent the revised proposal to the Centre for approval of funds as the estimated construction cost increased after a few alterations in designs. A senior JDA official said, "The development report of the project will be sent to the Centre."

    This is the second time the JDA has revised a proposal for the BRTS project. Earlier, in June 2010 the authorities had sent the revised proposal of Rs 660 crore to the Centre for its approval. The original estimated cost for the project was around Rs 480 crore, however, expenses of Rs 180 crore were incurred due to additional construction of elevated roads and bridges.

    According to the officials as the elevated road from Panipech to Collectorate Circle under BRTS project, phase II, was dropped, the JDA sent a revised proposal of Rs 590 crore to the Centre for approval. "In the revised development project report (DPR) elevated road on B2 bypass was proposed. However, it excludes the elevated road between Panipech and Collectorate Circle."

    An official said, "Two elevated roads have been proposed. One is proposed from the end of Tonk Road that will be constructed till the end of New Sanganer Road. It will be approximately around 2,100 metres long. Similarly, from New Sanganer Road the road will be constructed till Amanishah Nullah and will be 1,200 metres long.

    "The estimated cost of the proposed elevated road will be Rs 100 crore. We conducted a survey one-and-a-half year ago when the estimated cost was around Rs 65 crore."

    After the elevated road proposed by the state government from Collectorate Circle to Government Hostel was shelved after facing strong criticism that it might cause damage to the heritage building along the route, the decision was even taken to drop the plan of constructing elevated under BRTS to send the revised plan without including elevated road on this route. Officials said, the JDA has sent the revised proposal of 18.5 km BRTS route from Panipech to Sanganer as mixed corridor and priority lane. Explaining the concept of priority lane in BRTS, an official said it would be on similar lines as it was done in Delhi during Commonwealth Games.









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  • Lease money defaulters to face JDA action

    JAIPUR: In order to fill its empty coffers, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is all set to take stringent action against those plot owners who have not deposited the lease money.

    During a meeting chaired by Jaipur Development Commissioner (JDC) Kuldeep Ranka on Thursday, deputy commissioners were directed to attach the bank accounts of the defaulters. Moreover, the list of the defaulters will also be made online on the JDA website.

    A senior official who was present at the meeting said a target to recover 40% of lease money from the defaulters has been given to all the zone commissioners. "As per the public demand recovery act, the bank account of the defaulters can be attached. Directions have been given to prepare a list of such plot owners," the official said.

    The official also informed that the deputy commissioners have to prepare the list of the commercial units who have not deposited the lease money since allotment. "Notices will be issued to defaulters and seven days time will be given to deposit the lease money. In case they fail, the JDA will cancel the allotment," the official said.









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  • Govt ready with Alwar master plan

    JAIPUR: The state government will soon present the Master Plan 2011-2031 for Alwar city. The draft has been completed and will be placed before the public for feedback. The government on Wednesday also issued a notification of including 80 villages into the Alwar city master plan.

    Alwar, which is a part of the national capital region (NCR), has come up as a major industrial hub of the country. From population of 72,700 in 1961, it has now reached to 3.81 lakh in 2011. The urban development and housing (UDH) has anticipated that it will further increase to seven lakh by 2031.

    "In 50 years, there has been five times increase in the population of Alwar. We feel that it will further increase rapidly. So, it has become necessary to prepare a master plan for the city for organized growth," said G S Sandhu, principal secretary (UDH).

    "The drafting process of the bill has been completed and will soon be available for feedback from the public and the elected representatives," he added.

    To curb scattered growth, the Rajasthan Housing Board has constructed housing complexes but they proved to be insufficient for the growing population. However, with many industries setting up their shops in the district, there has been an influx of the working class. "The city now has many unauthorized colonies and illegal slums. The master plan focuses at possibilities of legalizing the unauthorized colonies and to ensure that the growing pollution does not have an impact on the ecological balance of the city," an official of the UDH department said.






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