Residents of the Chambaghat area of Solan have protested against the proposed acquisition of land for the four-laning of the National Highway 22. These residents have urged the administration to carve out routes through government land available in the vicinity.
In a letter to the Sub Divisional Magistrate, owners of the Chambaghat Commercial Complex stated that the proposed acquisition would dislodge many small businessmen who operate on the highway stretch between the railway crossing and the National Research Centre for Mushroom.
Residents said it was unfair to acquire a stretch of about 350 m of land belonging to private parties alone and suggested an alternative route which passes through government land and would need lesser private land.
Protestors termed this acquisition as forcible and asked for the alternative alignments, failing which they would be forced to file public interest litigation against the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the project.