SilverLine compensation package may be made more generous

K R Prahaladhan

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Kottayam: It is hinted that more alterations will be brought in the compensation packages to subdue the rising objections against land acquisition for implementing the SilverLine project.

  • As per the current arrangement, 10 metres on either side of the track that is set as the buffer zone is ineligible for compensation. An instruction that has been raised over this is to include this area for compensation. There is a construction ban along the five meters adjoining the alignment. Constructions can be carried out in the remaining five meters with permission. In a state like Kerala where population density is very high, leaving 20 meters of land on either side of the 530 km long track will mean a huge wastage of land. One possible solution is adopting the scheme that was carried out in the Kudankulam line, which is allowing the owners to keep their lands in their names and giving them compensation amounts.

  • Only a very few will be benefitted from the proposition of distributing 4 times the compensation amount outside the city limit. Areas that are over 40 km away from corporations and municipalities are considered villages. As per the current alignment, only a very few village areas are included in the project. Suggestions are being raised to reduce the distance limit from 40 km and to include more village areas that are eligible for the 4-fold compensation

  • There is a concern that if the compensation amount is fixed based on the affidavit concerning the value of the land, then the market value of the land may not be fetched. Since there is a practice of showing lower values on title deeds, the owner must ensure the actual value of land without depending solely on the value listed in the title deeds.

  • Buildings, trees, farms and wells are also entitled to compensation. A concrete building may get up to Rs 10,000 per square meter. Depending on the oldness of the building, this may reduce. When land was acquired for National Highway construction, the then-current rate was given. This was without considering the age of buildings. The same principle may be applied in this case as well.

  • Another thing is increasing the compensation amount by 100 per cent to secure the life of those who give up their buildings and lands.

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