Keeping in view the larger interest of the farmers, the Haryana Government has decided not to acquire 3,664 acres and four canals across 16 villages for setting up the Manesar-Bawal Industrial Area in Rewari district.
This decision was taken by the State Cabinet at its meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Tuesday.
A committee comprising Industries Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Public Works Department Minister Rao Narbir Singh, and Minister of State for Co-operation Bikram Singh Yadav had been constituted to discuss the issue with the farmers.
After detailed discussions with the land owners and representatives of the people of the area, the committee recommended that other options, including acquisition of less fertile land at other places along the (Mumbai-Delhi) Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, be explored.
It is pertinent to mention here that the legislators of Ateli and Nangal Chaudhary have offered to make available more than 2,000 acres of land for this project as an alternative.
According to government sources, the high compensation rate being demanded by the farmers was making the project unviable, forcing the committee to decide against acquisition of land and recommend relocation.
The said project was conceived by the previous Congress government in the State and was opposed by the farmers. The farmers had resorted to large-scale violence on National Highway-8 two years ago following which the then Congress government put the land acquisition on hold and set up a committee for peaceful resolution of the matter.
Government wanted to acquire 3,664 acres for setting up the Manesar-Bawal Industrial Area in Rewari district