Patiala, Aug 16: Hundreds of farmers in the district are protesting acquisition of 1078.16 acres of land by the Punjab government for setting up a super thermal power plant near Nalash village.
The protesters gheraoed the house of Rajpura BJP MLA Raj Khurana by over two hours today morning and demanded a higher compensation of Rs 1.5 crore against Rs 34 lakh per acre alloted by the government.
Capt Rachpal Singh, convener of the agitation committee, said since Khurana was a member of district price fixation committee and also the chief parliamentary secretary, he could impress upon Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to accept their demands.
"When government has given Rs 1.5 crore per acre for Jheurheri village for construction of airport near Mohali, why were we given step-motherly treatment," Singh said.
Hundreds of farmers have been staging dharna against the acquisition in front of the sub-divisional magistrate office in Rajpura for the last few days.
The government has proposed to set up a 1320 MW supercritical thermal power plant and lands have been acquired in seven villages of the district for the purpose.
Deputy Commissioner Dharamjit Singh Grewal said the land had already been acquired and the rate was fixed based on prevailing rate in the area.
The seven villages are Suralkalah (with 330.12 acres), Suralkhurd (262.98 acres), Nalaskhurd (221.58 acres), Nalaskalan (37.60 acres), Raimajra (27.26 acres), Sadhror (174.84 acres) and Rangian (23.78 acres).