Himachalis paying a heavy price for construction of national highways in state


Himachalis paying a heavy price for construction of national highways in state

Brig Khushal Thakur (retd) was commanding 18 Grenadiers when his battalion was tasked with capturing Tololing Top during the Kargil War in 1999. Today he is fighting another battle and he doesn’t seem anywhere near winning it.

resident of the Four-Lane Sangharsh Samiti, the veteran is battling for the rehabilitation of thousands of people whose land is being acquired to build 69 new national highways in Himachal Pradesh.

“The land acquisition process is violating the new land act 2013, which provides for a humane takeover of the land, and resettlement of the affected people,” says Thakur.

Mindless destruction

Bhagat Ram Verma, 53, a resident of Aut in Mandi district, is struggling to come to terms with the loss of both his business and house at the altar of a tunnel and bypass. Read More

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