Farmers demonstration outdoor collector workplace on Monday
Rajkot: Farmers from Gir Somnath district protested the placing of wide gauge railroad lines involving Kodinar and Somnath on Monday. Assessing their angst, leaders declared that the railroad board is simply doing it to gain four firms that are looking to transfer their substance using railways.
The farmer leaders withdrew their dissent from the assembly together with deputy collector of Gir Somnath district to begin the procedure for property acquisition. Farmers have been protesting the purchase for at least a year now and submitted various memorandums into the district collector but to no avail.
Based on farmers, railways needs to get almost 1,200 bigha farm property 20 villages that’s presently being used to nurture plants by greater than 550 farmers in Kodinar, Veraval and Sutrapada talukas. In accordance with leaders, of those 550 farmers, 300 will shed their whole land resulting in unemployment. The acquisition procedure was put on stop twice such as during last parliamentary election but has restarted again.
Farmer chief, Ramesh Barad stated,”The property that’s proposed to be obtained is abundant and we can cultivate three crops per year. Additionally, there are coconut and cherry orchards on this land. These farms are already afflicted by flooding due to heavy rains. Following the railroad line will obstruct the pure means of rainwater mixing in sea, then it is going to lead to flood-like situation anywhere.”
Villagers also stated the area is also home to 44 lions and 118 leopards that is exposed to risks from the growth of railroad track. Gir Somnath district collector Ajay Prakash couldn’t be contacted despite several tries.
Railways had suggested the 27-kilometers Kodinar-Somnath BG lineup in September 2015 to develop at a price of Rs 394 crore at 206 hectare property of 20 villages.
“Since the Chhara interface is coming up close Kodinar, this BG lineup is going to be a extremely important to connect the vent together with India. This may boost economic activity in the area,” said branch railway director of Bhavnagar Prateek Goswami.