One year on, Karnal Aviation Club expansion in limbo: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Parveen Arora

Karnal, January 19

Almost a year after the approval of the High-Powered Purchase Committee (HPPC) led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and the consent of more than 70% of the farmers for the extension of their land, the expansion project and renovation of the Karnal Aviation Club appears to be in limbo.

The Civil Aviation Department of Haryana has yet to acquire 28 acres, 2 kanal and 2 marla land for expansion and it seems like a difficult task as the remaining six farmers, who have yet to offer their land, recently went to court challenging the consolidation of Haryana. of the Project Lands (Special Provisions) Act 2017 and demanded that the farmers be granted relief in accordance with the provision of the Central Land Consolidation Act. Their land falls where the airstrip will be expanded. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) will only be prepared after the complete land is purchased, sources said. After the expansion, the runway will be extended to 5,000 feet from 3,000 feet, which at present allows small and medium aircraft to land here.

Notice to remaining farmers

After buying the land from over 70% of the farmers, we sent notices to the remaining farmers and offered them land of equal value. —Gaurav Kumar, SDM, Karnal

Purchased land transferred to the department

The purchased land has already been transferred to the Civil Aviation Department of Haryana. For the remaining land, we are making efforts. —Nishant Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner

Take action against the farming community

Haryana law is against farmers so we challenged it. —Inderpreet Ahuja, farmer

According to the project, the Civil Aviation Department of Haryana requires 171 acres, 7 kanal and 7 marla land for this project. The government already owns 106 acres, 6 kanal and 14 marla and the department needs about 65 more acres of land. So far, the government has purchased 36 acres, 6 kanal and 11 marla of land from over 70% of the farmers in Kulvehri village. Land at a distance of up to 2 acres from the road was purchased for Rs 87.50 lakhs per acre, while land at a distance of more than 2 acres from the road for Rs 82.50 lakhs per acre.

In February 2021, the HPPC gave the go-ahead for the expansion and renovation of the Karnal Aviation Club after more than 70% of the farmers gave their consent for the project. However, the district administration had already issued notices to 14 farmers under the Haryana Project Land Consolidation (Special Provisions) Act 2017 and offered them land of equal value adjacent to their land or the same. money that had been given to other farmers. “After buying the land from more than 70% of the farmers, we sent out notices to the remaining farmers and offered them land of equal value,” said Gaurav Kumar, SDM, Karnal, and nodal officer of this project. Nishant Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, said that the purchased land has already been transferred to Haryana Civil Aviation Department and for the remaining land they have made efforts. Inderpreet Ahuja, a farmer, who did not offer land for the flying club, said, “The law in Haryana is against farmers so we challenged it.

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