Bhopal: Former MLA and member of working committee of Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Sunilam came heavily on the government and charged that Bina Irrigation Project is being implemented to benefit the Bina refinery and not the farmers.

In fact, farmers have not been informed of land acquisition and rules and laws related to rehabilitation have been thrown to winds, he alleged. Sunilam alleged that the project was designed to benefit Bina Refinery and Electricity Company and not farmers as being projected. He said that the provisions of Land Acquisition Act are not being followed. None of the farmers or gram sabha has given permission for land acquisition yet government authorities are exerting pressure on them.

State government is acquiring land of 86 villages falling in Sagar and Raisen districts for the Bina irrigation project. Chief Minister Chouhan laid the foundation of the project on July 2 in Khurai of Sagar district. The Rs 3735 crore project has sent shock to locals as they haven’t still given nod for acquiring land.

Yashpal Yadav from Sagauri Village of Umaria said that his 2.5 acre of land has been shown in submergence and non-irrigated while the truth is that it is irrigated land and we yield four produce a year. Munna Dana parshad from Begumganj said that more than 40 lakh trees would be submerged and there would be no replacement for them at least in next 50 years.

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