BELAGAVI: Despite the Chief Minister’s assurance to halt work on the Halaga-Macche Bypass project until discussions with farmers take place, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has launched again on Saturday in the village of Macche in Belagavi. The irate farmers have warned to stage protests if the works are not stopped immediately as they say it is in contempt of court.
It can be recalled here that during the visit of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to Belagavi, he assured the farmers to settle the problem of the Halaga – Macche bypass road project through proper discussions with them and also through compensation. CM Bommai responded to a group of farmers led by leaders – Prakash Naik and Raju Marve under the Halaga – Macche bypass road project. The farmers complained to him that the police were harassing them. Bommai had also assured that he would ask the police officials to stop such actions and that the bypass road works would also be stopped.
However, work on the bypass road has resumed with police security. Chief Raju Marve said relevant authorities were disregarding CM’s assurance which is surprising. According to barrister Ravikumar Gokakar, who represents the farmers in the High Court, the authorities did not produce any records or documents in court to show prior notices the ground zero of NH (National Highway) 4A was moved from a fish market in Halaga on NH4.
Therefore, the acquisition is lapsed due to the mandate imposed by section 3D of the NH Act 1956. He stated that despite several opportunities, they were unable to justify the acquisition in question for the construction of NH4A. Therefore, the interim standstill order was granted, the defendants attempted to overturn it, but the HC refused, he said.