They want better prices for their land
The Ferozewala police have registered an FIR against almost 90 farmers who staged a protest on the Kala Khatai Road against the Ravi Urban Development Authority on Tuesday.
RUDA is trying to acquire the land for the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project. The farmers said that the authority offered them a rate of Rs200,000 per acre while an acre is estimated to cost Rs10 million. They even asked for clean water.
A video even showed unarmed farmers throwing chairs in anger during the protest.
The case registered by a RUDA employee says that 80 to 90 farmers surrounded him and other employees at 10am and attacked them after hurling abuses.
The FIR mentions the following sections of the PPC:
The petition in the case has been filed by Hassan Ali Ranjha, a resident of
T & T Abpara Housing Society. He asked for the government to take steps against smog and stop the ‘illegal construction’ along the river.
The Ravi Urban Development Authority has started “acquiring land without disclosing the public purpose and without seeking the environmental impact assessment of the project”, he said in the petition.
“Large swathes of agricultural land is likely to be gobbled up which would further hamper the biological diversity keeping in view Convention on Biological Diversity and public trust doctrine.” The Punjab government should disclose the purpose of acquiring land and issue a notification under the Land Acquisition Act 1894.
The exercise of powers by the Ravi Urban Development Authority should be declared illegal and ultra vires, the petition argued.
On February 25, the court instructed the government to appoint an international consultant for the environmental assessment of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project.