The slow pace of development of planned residential sectors has made unauthorised colonies mushroom in Rohtak. The fate of thousands who have invested in these hangs in balance

Rohtak’s proximity to the national capital, its status as the educational hub of Haryana, upcoming industrial projects and being the Chief Minister’s home constituency are just a few of the factors that provide a fertile ground for the real estate sector to bloom. The property prices here have maintained a stable trend over the first half of 2012 as the demand for housing remains high in this bustling city. However, it is this high demand that has led to mushrooming of unauthorised colonies in the area as the approved developers’ and HUDA projects have failed to keep up with the growing demand for housing. Moreover, the realty market here is an investor-driven one due to which prices in the approved colonies and sectors are very high. This leaves the end user and small investor with little choice than to invest in unauthorised colonies/projects. In fact, the growth of unauthorised residential colonies has overshadowed the real estate development being undertaken by the authorised developers, including HUDA.

Private players also have a share in the realty pie in Rohtak as several big-ticket developers have projects here
Direction lost

Though HUDA had in 2007 come up with a master plan of development of the city as per the requirement in 2025, the process of acquiring land and developing new sectors, however, never gained momentum due to reasons best known to the authorities concerned. The number of sectors developed for residential purposes has been low in comparison to the demand for plots and houses. The huge gap in the demand and availability has led to the growth of unauthorised residential colonies and clusters in a big way over the past few decades, says Parminder Kadian, a local property consultant. “Till now only five residential sector projects that had been floated by the HUDA several years ago, have been fully developed and occupied. A couple of more sectors are also being developed but it may be a while before they become fully habitable’’, adds Kadian.

The master plan had, however, proposed to develop as many as 17 new sectors which included 11 sectors for residential and the remaining ones for commercial and transport sectors.

“The level of interest in the realty sector can be gauged from the huge number of applications that are received each time plots are advertised in HUDA-approved sectors here,’’ says Yoginder Dahiya, a local resident. But claiming that the allotment system had became a playfield for the cartel that “grabs” a majority of the plots every time, he added, “These financiers file multiple applications and thus their chance of getting their names pulled out in the draw of lots is much more than that of a common man who can’t put in more than one application at a time as at least 10 per cent of the total cost has to be submitted along with each application.” So, an end user has no option but to turn to unauthorised colonies where the property prices are also much less. The price in an unapproved colony in Rohtak area is between Rs 3,000 and Rs 10,000 per sq. yd, while in the developed sectors the prices are between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000.

According to Praveen Kumar, another real estate agent, several lakh applications had been submitted recently for the 400 plots offered in Sector 5. The draw for these plots will be held in September this year.

Though the authorities have taken steps to curb the growth of unapproved colonies, nothing has been done to check the property mafia that “hijacks” the draw of lots in approved colonies. According to Praveen the ban imposed by the authorities on the registration of plots in private colonies had, in fact, helped the property mafia, which, he said, had been fleecing the buyers by artificially hiking the rates in developed and authorised colonies.

He claimed that the ban had resulted in reducing the opportunities for a common man to buy or own a house in the approved colonies.
‘Private’ mess

Among the private players, groups like Suncity, Omaxe, Parsvnath and One Point have already launched their projects in Rohtak. “We have four residential projects here on land measuring about 400 acres, said the local manager of the Suncity group. He said the group had carved out residential plots in various new sectors besides 1,000 flats, which would be ready for possession in about two years’ time.

While a majority of the leading private colonisers, who had been allotted as many as eight sectors here, have realised 90 to 95 per cent of the money from the consumers, they are yet to hand over the possession in the past about five to six years. Dozens of complaints land in the office of the DTP here each month against the private builders.

“The delay and failure of the private developers to hand over the possession of plots and flats in several sectors here has also led to a vaccum in the field”, says Praveen.
Dogged by uncertainty

“Despite the tall claims of HUDA officials, there is no denying the fact that lack of proper development at the required pace has led to the mushrooming of unauthorised colonies in the city and perhaps this is why the number of such colonies has reached to around 125 at present”, said Virender Singh, a local resident. Out of these 125 colonies as many as 34 are still awaiting regularisation and the fate of other 80 to 90 colonies hangs in the balance.

Raj Singh, a local social activist says the business of development of unauthorised colonies had been going on unchecked due to the biased approach of the officials concerned and involvement of political bigwigs. “The authorities concerned do not dare to demolish the constructions in unauthorised colonies carved out by influential persons while action was taken against only those who had no political patronage’’, he claimed. Over the past few years several colonies have come up at Rohtak, Sampla and Meham but officials concerned had kept mum as many of these had been developed by certain political leaders and their kin. The delay in granting approvals to residential colonies and a ban on the registration of property, had failed to solve the crisis being faced by the residents who could not afford to buy a plot or house in the developed sectors or colonies where the rate per sq. yard had been inflated due to the “faulty” policies of the authorities.
Official take

HUDA officials claim that several new sectors have been planned and carved in and around the city to cater to the requirement of houses and plots in the next 30 years. Denying the charges of slow development work, Amarjeet Maan, the Estate Officer, HUDA, claimed that around 5,000 new plots would be offered for sale through draw of lots in the next one year or so as the decision to float the new sectors — 36, 36-A, 27, 28, and 26 — had been finalised after the completion of the relevant formalities. “The advertisement inviting applications from the residents would be released in media soon”, he claimed. He said the acquisition process for the development of one sector each at Meham, Sampla and Kalanaur towns in the district had also been started.

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  • Wait for regularisation of residential colonies gets longer

    Tribune News Service

    Rohtak, September 11

    With lakhs of applicants banking on their fate to have a plot allotted in the proposed draw of lots for the 400 plots in the newly carved out Sector 5 here in the next couple of weeks, the real estate sector here appears to have taken a beating. With still a ban on registration of land in unapproved colonies the options left for the common man to own a house have nearly disappeared.

    "I have been running from pillar to post to get a plot registered that I had bought in Shastri Nagar here about a year back, but the officials concerned turn me away every time I approach them to get the work telling me that a ban had been there and any registration required prior clearance by the district authorities. The latter have also refused to entertain my application citing the ban imposed by the state government in this regard," said a local resident.

    He said while the land rates in colonies like Shastri Nagar had still been affordable for a person like him who earns around Rs 15,000 per month, but he could not afford to pay a rate of Rs 25,000 to 40,000 per square yard prevailing in authorised colonies and sectors carved out by HUDA in the city. "HUDA was offering only around 440 plots, including those reserved for various categories in Sector 5, whose draw was expected on September 19 this year, while the number of applicants were 2.5 lakh," said Parveen Kumar, a property consultant. He added that the system of allotment had also become faulty as there had been many who had submitted multiple applications forms in different names, thus reducing the chance of allotment for the applicants who had applied on a single form.

    "The ban on the registration of land in the city had only aggravated the problem for the common man as he or she would not be able to buy a plot in authorised colonies where rates had been hiked artificially," he claimed. Asking the government to remove the ban, Sanjay, another property advisor said it had only brought miseries to the common man as the idea behind the move stands defeated in view of land mafia carving out new colonies and even offering registration facility at extra payment, due to their political connections." Several colonies, which had still been unauthorised but carved out by influential persons had been demanding over Rs 20,000 per sq yard, he added. "At least 34 colonies, which had been more than 10-year old and were having more than 50 per cent constructions were awaiting regularisation but due to wrong moves the process had been stuck in a legal tangle, thanks to poor planning and decision by the state government," said Suresh Kumar, a local resident.
  • Any comments about recent order of Supreme Court on 29 Aug Order on Govt of Haryana.

    Patasi Devi vs State Of Haryana & Ors. on 29 August, 2012
  • HC declares Rohtak colony unauthorised

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, November 23
    The Punjab and Haryana High Court has declared Friends Colony in Rohtak as unauthorised.

    An official spokesman said here today the high court had issued these orders in case of Indu Rani and other residents of Friends Colony versus SS Dhillon and others. He said the court had clarified that it had now come to its notice that the Sub-Registrar had been registering sale deeds of this colony.

    He said directions had also been issued to the Sub-Registrar to tell the people visiting him for sale and purchase that the sale deeds of this colony could not be registered.
  • HC seeks NHAI report on bypass

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 20
    The Punjab and Haryana High Court today sought a report from the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI) on the construction of a bypass on NH-71. The directions were issued after the court was informed that the bypass would pass through the playground of a government college in a village near Rohtak.

    The directions came on a petition filed in public interest by an NGO “Himmat” of Rohtak.

    The petitioner claimed that Government College for Women in Lakhan Magra village was built on gram panchayat land donated to it by the Pracheen Shri Ram Mandir Committee. The Rs 10-crore building was inaugurated by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on September 27, 2012. The institute was the only college for women in the entire area. The construction of a bypass through its playground would divide the college and result into accidents.

    Besides, the studies would also be disturbed due to heavy volume of traffic on the bypass.

    The case will now come up for hearing on March 26 when the NHAI submits its report.
  • Ready for the boom


    The real estate market in Rohtak is not in the boom mode at present but infrastructure development has prepared the pitch for a booming realty scene

    There’s no denying the fact that Rohtak, also known as the CM city, has seen tremendous growth of infrastructure over the past few year. But the growth of the real estate sector so far has not been able to keep pace with that of the infrastructure here.

    The city has a population of six lakhs and according to real estate experts the recent spate in the number of educational institutes besides a better road network will soon give a boost to the property market here. The scenario here, appears to be similar to that in the neighbouring areas of the NCR. While the property rates in residential segment have remained stable, it is the commercial segment that has seen some appreciation and a consistent growth in the past couple of years. Some of the growth drivers in the city are:

    Civic infrastructure

    Connectivity and smooth flow of traffic have improved substantially with as many as 13 flyovers planned in the city. Most of these flyovers have either been completed or are likely to be completed within the next couple of months. “This appears to have created a kind of record as till a few years back Rohtak was like any other town in Haryana with its share of traffic woes on choked roads and congested level crossings. But now the traffic movement has become smooth due to these flyovers and ROB’s in the city and this has made Rohtak a favourite destination for those looking for employment opportunities from the nearby areas,” claimed Yoginder Singh Dahiya, a Rohtak-based advocate.

    This fresh influx of people has surely increased the demand for quality housing and real estate, he adds. “The decision of removal of the railway track to Gohana and Panipat route will also improve the movement of traffic on the level-crossing on Delhi road at two places that are traffic bottlenecks at present”, said Manvender Singh, a Professor working in one of the city institutes. According to him these are perhaps the only two such spots where there was a level-crossing as the authorities have already solved this problem at almost seven other places in the past few years. This measure, he said, had resulted in boosting the real estate prices in the town which were very less till 2005.

    Educational infrastructure

    The construction of several educational and professional institutes over the past few years is the other factor that according to experts will drive the demand for housing and prices upwards.

    The presence of a number of educational institutions here has already increased the demand for residential plots in posh sectors”, says Parminder Kadian, a local property consultant.

    The institutes that have come up and have started functioning include the prestigious national-level IIM, which is presently functioning from a rented accommodation on the Maharshi Dayanand University campus. Its own campus is under construction at Sunarian village about 15 km from the city. The other institutes that have come up here are: a state-level Institute of Film and Television, state Institute of Architecture, Institute Art and Design and Institute of Urban and Rural Planning in Sector-6, besides the state-level Institute of Hotel Management located near the famous Tilyar lake complex. “Admissions and classes for various courses of these new institutes have already started”, claimed an official. The shifting of the ITI and the proposal to construct the divisional-level centre of the Haryana Institute of Public Adminstration (HIPA) has also brought the focus on the growth of educational infrastructure here.

    Price rise

    According to Kadian while several new sectors have come up in the past about eight years , the move of the authorities to construct a ring road around the outer limits of the city has propelled real estate growth substantially and it was the main reason behind a steep rise in the average rates in a majority of the developing sectors. The prices have climbed to between Rs 18000 and Rs 25000 per sq. yd.

    Currently, the prices in a majority of the developed sectors are between Rs 30,000 and Rs 60,000 per sq. yd depending upon location of the property and the sector. He said the ring road, which was perhaps the first such concept in the state, would ensure the movement of heavy vehicles outside the city limits and help in maintain a smooth flow of traffic on the city roads.

    Problem areas

    Parallel growth of unauthorised colonies, however, continues to plague the realty market. Despite the fact that several sectors have been carved out by HUDA in the past decade, the growth of unapproved colonies has been a constant feature. “This is primarily due to some lacunae in the policy of the state and district administration”, claims Parveen Kumar, a local real estate expert. He said, “While the double standards in allowing the registration of land and plots had been the main reason, the ban on registry of plots in private colonies by the authorities concerned had also resulted in a huge gap in demand and supply due to high rates in the developed and authorised colonies. The fate of thousands of residents of as many as 37 colonies, who are awaiting regularisation, has been hanging in balance as there is no clear cut policy in place in this regard. The state government has not taken any action in this regard, he added.

    “Delay in handing over the possession of plots in the sectors developed by private builders has also led to resentment among thousands of applicants who had deposited up to 95 per cent of the cost”, he added.

    On the other hand, the prices of commercial property have risen sharply in comparison to those of the residential plots in the town, he said.

    Property Peek

    Prices in Rs/ sq yd

    Sector 14, Rs 60000 to 70000

    Sector 1, 2,3,4, Rs30000 to 45000

    Sector 5, Rs 35000 to 45000

    Model Town, Subhash Nagar, DLF, Civil Lines, Mansarover Park, Vikas Nagar, Rs 50000 to 80000

    Commercial rates along the main Delhi Road, Sonepat Raod, Civil Raod, Rs 100000 to 200000

    Other authorised colonies, Rs 20000 to 35000
  • Four-laning of rohtak-hisar highway

    99-km stretch to have 5 bypasses, 3 overbridges, 13 underpasses

    Tribune News Service

    Hisar, July 26
    Under the project of four-laning of the National Highway-10 between Rohtak and Hisar, the National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI) will construct five bypasses, three overbridges and 13 underpasses on the 99-km stretch.

    The widening of this stretch has been a long-pending demand of the people of the region as increasing vehicular traffic has resulted in frequent accidents on the highway.

    The project would take nearly 30 months to complete at a cost of Rs 960 crore. It would be constructed on the Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) mode under the phase-III of the highway development project. Two toll plazas would be set up between Rohtak and Hisar to charge tax from vehicles for 22 years. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes along with Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would lay the foundation stone of the project at Hansi on July 28.

    However, certain bottlenecks could delay the start of the project. The widening of the road needs 591.84 hectares of land which includes existing 280 hectares of road area. The NHAI is in possession of about 524 hectares of land and the process to acquire the remaining 67 hectares is underway. Besides, the project is also awaiting clearance from the Union Forest Ministry as the proposal for diversion of 128.0925 hectares of forest land in Bhiwani (16.4760 hectares), Rohtak (17.0535 hectares) and Hisar (94.563 hectares) districts is still pending with the Union Environment and Forest Ministry. The state government had sent the proposal on June 17.

    The NHAI project director, Rajiv Yadav, said the work on the project was likely to start in October or November after getting the clearance for cutting trees along both sides of the road.

  • MC notice to builders

    Rohtak, August 25
    The Municipal Corporation Rohtak (MCR) has finally served notices on builders of as many as 39 under-construction buildings. The builders, who have been told to halt the construction, have been warned that the building will be sealed in case the orders were violated. This is perhaps the second or third time when the civic authorities have issued notices against such constructions, though several buildings had been allowed to be constructed in the past years. — TNS
  • Plazas planned on Rohtak-Gohana, Rohtak-Bahadurgarh stretch
    Bijendra Ahlawat/TNS

    Rohtak, September 4

    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has imposed toll on the four-laned road from Rohtak-Jhajjar and to Rewari. The toll became effective from midnight last night. Thousands of vehicles use this road daily.

    This is the first time that toll plazas have come up on this route. The widening of the road, started about two years ago, has been completed on the BOT basis, said an official of the NHAI.

    He revealed that the contract of this project had awarded to KEPL which would now collect the toll ranging from Rs 25 to Rs 180 depending on the make of the vehicle.

    According to sources, a car, jeep and van will be charged Rs 25 for single journey, it will be Rs 35 for return pass and Rs 820 for monthly pass at the toll plaza near Deeghal village, about 15 kilometres from Rohtak towards Jhajjar. The LCVs passing from here will have to shell out Rs 40 per journey, while the buses and trucks will have to pay Rs 85 and Rs 125 for single and return journey.

    A monthly pass of Rs 1,325 and 2,780 will also be available for these vehicles. Heavy vehicles and trailers will have to pay Rs 130 and Rs 160. The two wheelers have, however, been exempted.

    Anoop Kumar of Jhajjar said it was an additional burden on the common man as travelling will cost more now. The distance between Rohtak and Jhajjar is around 32 km.

    The authorities are also planning to impose toll tax soon on the Rohtak-Gohana and Rohtak-Bahadurgarh stretches soon as widening of the highway on these parts had already been over.


    Car, jeep and van Rs 25

    Light vehicle Rs 40

    Bus, truck Rs 85
  • Plazas planned on Rohtak-Gohana, Rohtak-Bahadurgarh stretch


    Rohtak, September 4
    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has imposed toll on the four-laned road from Rohtak-Jhajjar and to Rewari. The toll became effective from midnight last night. Thousands of vehicles use this road daily.

    This is the first time that toll plazas have come up on this route. The widening of the road, started about two years ago, has been completed on the BOT basis, said an official of the NHAI.

    He revealed that the contract of this project had awarded to KEPL which would now collect the toll ranging from Rs 25 to Rs 180 depending on the make of the vehicle.

    According to sources, a car, jeep and van will be charged Rs 25 for single journey, it will be Rs 35 for return pass and Rs 820 for monthly pass at the toll plaza near Deeghal village, about 15 kilometres from Rohtak towards Jhajjar. The LCVs passing from here will have to shell out Rs 40 per journey, while the buses and trucks will have to pay Rs 85 and Rs 125 for single and return journey.

    A monthly pass of Rs 1,325 and 2,780 will also be available for these vehicles. Heavy vehicles and trailers will have to pay Rs 130 and Rs 160. The two wheelers have, however, been exempted.

    Anoop Kumar of Jhajjar said it was an additional burden on the common man as travelling will cost more now. The distance between Rohtak and Jhajjar is around 32 km.

    The authorities are also planning to impose toll tax soon on the Rohtak-Gohana and Rohtak-Bahadurgarh stretches soon as widening of the highway on these parts had already been over.


    Car, jeep and van Rs 25

    Light vehicle Rs 40

    Bus, truck Rs 85
  • 53 plot applicants face action in Rohtak
    Bijendra Ahlawat/TNS

    Rohtak, October 22

    As many as 53 applicants have been facing action for submitting false affidavits for allotment of residential plots in HUDA sectors here.

    It has also raised a question mark over the process and given an opportunity to critics to reiterate their claim of malpractices. At least six residential sectors have already been developed here.

    "Three FIRs have been registered so far, but it is perhaps for the first time that such a fraud has been detected," sources said. They added that this had caught the department on the wrong foot.

    “Every draw of lots for residential plots has been a lottery for a handful while thousands of applicants remain empty handed. The application fee is returned without interest after between six and nine months,” said YS Dahiya, a social activist.

    He said the expose had come after court intervention and it was the duty of the state government to review the process and probe all allotments made so far.

    “I applied several times for a plot in HUDA sectors, but failed to get any even though my family spent a huge amount in the process,” said a retired Defence personnel on the condition of anonymity. He said the government should review its policy and formulate one that was free of loopholes. He demanded that the allotment process should be carried out by an independent agency.
  • MDU land used to construct bypass to favour builder: Teachers

    Rohtak, September 7
    The Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers’ Association (MDUTA) has alleged that the state government got a bypass road and railway overbridge constructed through the university campus to favour a private builder whose township is located nearby.

    “The road from the Delhi bypass towards Jhajjar was initially proposed to be constructed along a private township located nearby. However, to favour the builder, the road and railway overbridge was constructed through the university campus, thus depriving it of a huge chunk of land,” Surender Dahiya, MDUTA president and other faculty members of the university, said in a joint statement issued here on Friday.

    The university teachers said the present state government claimed to have developed the university, but in reality, it had not given any special grant for the purpose.

    The amount routinely provided by the state government to MDU was grossly inadequate to meet the expenses incurred by the university authorities, they said, adding that all development on the university campus had been carried out by funds generated by the university itself.

    The teachers also lamented that the state authorities not only “snatched” the university college from the MDU administration, but also gave away the administrative block and Indira Gandhi Bhawan to the University of Health Sciences without providing the due compensation. — TNS
  • Mahapanchayat refuses to part with land

    Sunit Dhawan
    Tribune News Service
    Rohtak, January 3

    A mahapanchayat of 12 villages held at Titoli village in Rohtak district on Saturday opposed the move to acquire farmers’ land for a railway bypass and warned the state authorities against going ahead with it. The state unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) backed the farmers on the issue.
    The mahapanchayat, held under the chairmanship of Umed Singh, categorically refused to give farmers’ land for the railway bypass project and maintained that it was prepared for a long struggle on the issue.
    The railway bypass was an ambitious project of Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda. The project was aimed at shifting the section of the Rohtak-Gohana railway track passing through Rohtak out of the town. The Hooda government had initiated the process of acquisition of land for the project. Some farmers had recently got Section-6 notices for acquisition of their land for the project.
    The farmers had opposed the acquisition of their land for the project during Hooda’s tenure, but the matter was put on the back burner due to imposition of the model code of conduct, first for the Lok Sabha elections and then for the Assembly polls.
    The farmers again opposed the move to acquire their land and stated that they could go to any extent to prevent the acquisition of their land, including blocking of road and rail traffic. State BKU president Gurnam Singh Chadhuni, who attended the mahapanchayat, later said representatives of farmers would meet the Chief Minister and apprise him of their concerns.
    “If the concerns are not addressed, the next course of action will be chalked out,” he asserted. He accused the BJP government of not keeping its promise of implementing the Swaminathan committee report.
  • Consumer forum asks HUDA to compensate customer

    PANCHKULA: District consumer disputes redressal forum directed chief administrator Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Panchkula and estate officer (EO) HUDA, Rohtak to refund the deposited amount of Rs 25,589 along with 9% interest, Rs 20,000 for harassment and Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation to the complainant for the deficiency from the HUDA officials in allotment of a residential plot.

    According to the complaint filed by Ramesh Lal a resident of Sector 20D, Chandigarh he had applied for a residential plot in Sector 5, Rohtak by paying Rs 2.14 lakh on July 16, 2013 for an amount of Rs 23.62 lakh, and the complainant sent a demand draft of Rs 3.75 lakh on August 13, 2013 which was given within the 30 days deadline. However, he was directed to pay an amount of Rs 25,589 i.e. 5% surcharge and 15% interest on the account of delayed payment.

    While the opposition party did not appeared in the court, the forum observed the fact that the stance adopted by the opposition stands flawed notwithstanding, we may indicate that the adoption of technical/hyper technical approach by HUDA, an instrumentability of a welfare state does not deserve affirmation. In this particular complaint, it is the impersonal and indefensible attitude on the part of the officials of the opposition, which impelled the complainant to file this litigation.

    Hence, the forum directed the opposition to refund the amount of the complainant along with the compensation for mental agony, harassment and the amount as a cost of litigation.

    Forum also directed the order be complied with within the period of 30 days from the receipt of certified copy of this order.

    Consumer forum asks HUDA to compensate customer - The Times of India
  • Rs 2 royalty cheque stuns Rohtak land oustees

    CHANDIGARH: Previous owners of the land over which Industrial Model Township (IMT) Rohtak was built were stunned after they received cheques for Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 12 as royalty from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).

    Their land was acquired in 2006. While farmers expressed disappointment at the meagre amounts being given to them, HSIIDC officials stated they were following policy guidelines for paying royalty and that compensation was paid to them in 2007 itself.

    According to information, this royalty has been released for the year 2014. Cheques of royalty have been paid to residents of Kheri Sadh and Baliali villages.

    "How shameful it is on the part of government to be issuing cheques for this amount? We don't know which provision the government is following? All this despite the fact that the government has announced that Rs 500 will be paid as compensation under any circumstances," Jaiveer Singh, a resident of Baliani, said. Jaiveer and his brother have been given cheques of Rs 2 each.

    Another farmer Jaipal Singh has been given a cheque of Rs 5 as royalty. "HSIIDC should have donated this money to some charity in the village instead of paying us," he said.

    Haryana's industries minister Captain Abhimanyu justifies the distribution of money. "Firstly, this is royalty money, which has been released in accordance to the provisions of land acquisition. How can the government release less or high amount than what is due," he asked. HSIIDC officials said that the cheque amount could be low owing to several shareholders of the land acquired.

    HSIIDC developed IMT Rohtak, which is spread over 2,700 acres in 2006. The villages where the land was acquired include Baliana, Bhalaut and Kheri Sadh. An amount of over Rs 165.17 crore has already been given to landowners as compensation for acquiring their property.

    Under the acquisition policy, landowners would continue to get royalty at the rate of Rs 15,000 per annum per acre for 33 years with an annual increase of Rs 500 per acre. The oustees have already received their compensation for the acquired land and after the allotment of industrial plots, HSIIDC has started releasing the royalty to them.

    In January 2008, cheques amounting to over Rs 69.10 lakh were distributed as royalty for 2007 to 1,386 landowners of Baliana village.

    Rs 2 royalty cheque stuns Rohtak land oustees - The Times of India
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