Villagers accuse HCC of destroying agriculture land

Villagers accuse HCC of destroying agriculture land

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HCCUri, Saleem Yousuf,Aug 30, CNS: The residents of Kalgia Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district are up in arms against Hindustan Construction Company and National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) for destroying their agriculture land comprising of 580 kanals.

    The villagers of Kalgia told CNS that during the construction of Uri (II) they had given agriculture land comprising 580 kanals to HCC for three years on lease on the condition that HCC will be allowed to store and dump materials on the said land. “HCC officials violated the agreement and instead installed crusher and batching plants on our land. Not only this, the Construction Company constructed heavy workshops, officers and labourers colony on the land and even started disposing tunnel muck,” the villagers alleged.

    The villagers said that their fertile paddy land turned into waste land. “The company cheated us and we are ruined. After our continuous protest, MLA Uri Taj Mohiuddin and other government officials had several meetings with HCC and NHPC officials and finally HCC agreed to compensate us till the land becomes fit for cultivation,” they said.

    The affected villagers added that even after the agreement, HCC did not pay them even a penny as a result they have been suffering immensely. “From past two years the Company has not compensated us,” they said and demanded immediate intervention of the state government into the matter. They added that whole population will start an agitation in case the HCC fails to compensate them.

    HCC Project Manager Mukesh Kumar Saini told CNS that he is in touch with the villagers and every effort is on to sort out the issue. “I fail to understand which people are complaining against us when the Company has already engaged the villagers to address the problems,” he said.(CNS)