Centre, Delhi Metro told to pay more for land acquired for Barakhamba station
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The Union government and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will have to pay over Rs 1.26 crore more as compensation to a firm for acquiring its 541 square metre (sqm) plot to build Barakhamba Road Metro station, according to court orders.
Additional District Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma asked the Centre to pay the compensation to Jetways Travels Pvt Ltd, at a rate of Rs 81,429 per sqm, terming its earlier compensation of Rs 57,960 as "inadequate" and "unreasonable".
"Reference (petition) is disposed of by holding that the compensation awarded to petitioner at the rate of Rs 57,960 per sqm by Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) was inadequate and unreasonable. Petitioner is entitled to enhancement of compensation to the tune of Rs 23,469 per sqm along with 30 per cent solatium (compensation for loss and inconvenience)," ADJ Sharma said.
After the enhancement, the travel company on Barakhamba Road, near Connaught Place, is entitled to get Rs 1,26,96,729 along with interest and solatium. The ADJ also directed that the order be sent to LAC for information and that the balance amount be deposited immediately to avoid further burden on the government exchequer.
The firm had a plot measuring 541 sqm at Indraprakash Building on Barakhamba Road that was acquired in 2003 to build the Metro station.
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