Paradip, Dec 4 (LocalWire) Hundreds of land losers under the banner of Paradeep Phosphate Ltd (PPL) Land Losers Welfare Committee demonstrated stir and took out a mass rally on Tuesday demanding additional value of land acquired by the company.
According to sources, PPL had acquired 1509 acres of land from local land losers in 1982 forcibly for establishment of its plant in Paradip.
“PPL acquired these lands at throw-away prices during this time and nearly 280 famers have yet not received their compensation due to callous attitude of company authority and district administration,” said sources.
Out of 1509 acres of land, PPL authority has used only 1200 acres for setting up its plant, township, school, hospital, railway siding and other purposes while other surplus acres of land are reportedly lying unused.
Local farmers had reportedly sought intervention of Orissa High Court demanding hike of their land value.
The High Court had given a directive to the PPL authorities and the government to give Rs 14 core to the land losers towards compensation, but it has not fully been honored because land losers had received only Rs 4 crores in 2009 -2010.
The remaining compensation is still due.
Committee president Bal Krushan Jena said: “Earlier on Feb 11, 2010, the collector decided to give additional value of land acquired by PPL but the company authority’s callousness has created mass resentment.”
PPL Deputy General Manager (HR) Sangram Swain said: “PPL has received the grievances of these land losers and we will resolve their issues soon.”