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06 October, 2002

Former MP backs villagers' demand

Chandigarh Tribune
Chandigarh, October 5: Coming out in support for residents of Kishangarh Village, a former BJP MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, said today that the areas where middle-class people had built houses should be exempt from acquisition.
These should be regularised by providing electricity, water, roads and sewerage connections, he asserted.
Residents of Kishangarh had blocked the Chandigarh Panchkula highway in protest of the land acquisition notices issued to them.
Mr Jain said any house built outside the 'Lal Dora' should not be acquired.
Mr Jain, who was accompanied by senior leaders of the BJP, visited Kishangarh and assured the villagers that the party fully supported their demands and would take up the issue with the higher authorities of the Chandigarh Administration. If necessary, the matter could be taken up with Mr L.K. Advani.
Mr Jain claimed that in 1998, when Mr Jagdish Sagar was the Adviser to the UT Administrator, the Chandigarh Administration had taken a decision that the houses built outside the 'Lal Dora' in all 22 villages of Chandigarh would not be demolished.