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Seeking their share:Farmers from Karur district , who submitted petition to railway officials demanding that compensation be given to them, in Salem on Monday, for the land acquired for Salem - Karur railway project.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM.
Seeking their share:Farmers from Karur district , who submitted petition to railway officials demanding that compensation be given to them, in Salem on Monday, for the land acquired for Salem - Karur railway project.- PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM.

About 40 farmers, who had given their land for Salem — Karur broad gauge project, submitted their petition to Salem Divisional Railway authorities here on Monday demanding that compensation be given to them as per the court order.

In their petition, farmers said that part of their land was acquired for the project in 1996-1997 for a meagre compensation.

Though they demanded adequate compensation, their requests were turned down and hence farmers filed case in the court in Karur. The judgment was pronounced last year that listed enhanced compensation for each farmer.

Although a total of 256 farmers were paid compensation as per the court order, 66 farmers had not yet received their shares. They also said that they have lost their livelihood because of the project and demanded that enhanced compensation be settled immediately.

They submitted their petition to the senior engineer, who sought one week time to reply. Farmers said that they had submitted a petition to the Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra during his recent visit to Karur junction demanding the same.

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