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Najafgarh farmers write to human rights panel, seek compensation for flooding

GURUGRAM: Landowners and farmers from 8 villages close to Najafgarh jheel (lake) have written to the state human rights commission declaring that they've gained no compensation from the federal government despite going through “large losses” as their farms have been submerged beneath spillage from the lake and drain for years.

The move comes after an offer by the state govt to construct a bund (take a look at dam) close to Najafgarh jheel was challenged by INTACH, an NGO, in the National Green Tribunal (NGT). As per the application filed by the NGO, development a bund will outcome in the water being contained on one side, which can lead to destruction of the entire “wetland”. Najafgarh lake and the within sight areas are a habitat to several fowl species and a significant groundwater recharge zone of Delhi and Gurugram.

The letter was despatched to the commission on Monday. Farmers have claimed greater than five,500 acres of land in 8 villages — Dharampur, Momdheri, Daulatabad, Kherki Majra, Dhankot, Chandu, Budhera, and Makrola — stay flooded many of the 12 months, combating them from farming on it.

Farmers said they weren't against notification of the world as a wetland. “Our farms are always submerged in sewage. We have now not been in a position to use our land for agriculture and feature been bearing large losses for a few years now. We are not against notification of the land as a wetland, however we wish the federal government to offer us compensation and the cost of our land,” said Rakesh Daulatabad, probably the most farmers who wrote to the human rights commission.

Meanwhile, environmentalists said the farmers have the best to get compensation, however the building of the bund shouldn’t take place at any price. “Flooding of land round Najafgarh jheel isn't new. Agriculture in any river basin takes place best during the time of the 12 months when the land dries up. Farmers must certainly be given compensation for the loss of crops due to flooding. But if they are taking a look at building of the bund as a chance to sell their land to builders and get a prime profit, it will be an ecological crisis,” said Pankaj Gupta from Delhi Bird Foundation, an environmental NGO.

In January, the state govt rolled out an offer to buy land from villagers and build a bund to protect their agricultural fields from flooding. In 2016, it had submitted a short lived in the NGT and Union ministry of environment, woodland and climate change committing to notify Najafgarh lake as a wetland.

As per the norms, compensation can be equipped for the loss of crops due to flooding. However, the purchase of the entire land will price the federal government an enormous quantity.

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