Hundreds of villagers, who will be affected by the Kiratpur-Ner Chowk four-lane Express Highway, have urged the government to solve the problems they have to face due to their lands acquisition by the government and warned with the agitation if Govt failed to address their problem.

They said they must be given land in lieu of their land and full market compensation and not compensation “unilaterally fixed by the state government recently” and all other grievances be solved before the start of the construction of this road.

Led by Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) leaders, including district president Daulat Ram Sharma and state joint spokesman Kesh Pathania, residents from all the 32 villages of the district which would be affected by this road, gathered at the Thakurdwara temple complex at Auhar and adopted a number of resolutions urging the government to ensure that they did not meet the fate of Bhakra Dam oustees.

The meeting, which was addressed by HLP state vice-president and former MLA Karam Dev Dhrmani, stressed that at least one member of their family be given a government job and should be given adequate compensation before acquisition.

They formed a Kisan Samiti under the chairmanship of Mian Kishan Singh Chandel, Deep Chand Sharma as general secretary, Lekh Ram treasurer and Shravan Kumar, Santosh Kumari, Maya Devi, Soma Devi, Desh Raj, Nand Lal, Rajender Kumar, Ved Prakash, Krishnu Ram and Sada Ram as members. Village leaders from Bhagedh, Bagh Thedu, Palthin, Auhar, Kothi, Behna Jattan, Rishi Kesh, Dammli, Dhradh Saani, Kohina, Sanot, Panoh and Baloh etc were present.