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Airport expansion: Rs. 115-crore compensation paid to landowners

For growth: Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain handing over a compensation cheque to a farmer in Dharwad on Wednesday.

For growth: Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain handing over a compensation cheque to a farmer in Dharwad on Wednesday.  

350 of the proposed 700 acres of land acquired for the project

Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain has said that the district administration has disbursed Rs. 115 crore as compensation for farmers and others whose land has been acquired for the Hubli airport expansion project.

He was speaking at a function to hand over compensation cheques to farmers whose land has been acquired for the airport project, at his office here on Wednesday.

Mr Jain said that while Rs. 60 crore had been given to farmers for their land, Rs. 55 crore had been given to owners of houses, industries and other buildings acquired for the project.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration had acquired 350 of the 700 acres of land proposed to be acquired for the airport expansion project. Compensation to the remaining people, including farmers and plot owners, would be disbursed at the earliest.

He said that price for the land acquired had been fixed after taking into confidence the people affected by the project.

Referring to the demand of site owners for additional compensation, the Deputy Commissioner said that the price was fixed after considering the market value of the plots then.

The Deputy Commissioner handed over cheques for Rs. 3.4 crore to 36 people.

Assistant Commissioner Mahantesh Bilagi was present.

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