Dalwas residents hold protest, demand compensation, rehabilitation

Residents raising slogans during protest. -Excelsior/Pervaiz
Residents raising slogans during protest. -Excelsior/Pervaiz

Excelsior Correspondent
RAMBAN, Mar 27: The residents of Dalwas led by ex MLA Ramban Ashok Kumar held a protest against administration for not providing compensation and rehabilitating them to safer places.
They were demanding compensation for their damaged residential houses which collapsed due to road widening activity of four lane projects in March 2020.

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The residents alleged that their residential houses had collapsed due to ill planned earth cutting on Jammu Srinagar National Highway by construction company Gammon India and its sub contractors engaged by National Highway Authority of India in Dalwas area of Batote tehsil. They raised slogans against administration and in favour of their demands.
It is pertinent to mention here that more than 40 houses had collapsed on 28 March 2020 at the same place due to sinking of land. They were accommodated in Government School buildings, panchayat ghar and some private rented accommodation by the administration.
The protesting residents said that at that time, the administration and management of the Construction Company of NHAI assured us of providing compensation. They said two year elapsed but they have received no compensation for their damaged houses and agricultural land from the administration and nor from the construction company of NHAI.
They have appealed to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to intervene in the matter so that they get compensation for their damaged houses and agricultural land.
The protestors threatened that if the Government and District Administration failed in providing compensation and rehabilitation of the affected families they have no other option except to come on road for protests.