Previous owners of land on which the Model Township Rohtak was built received a rude shock when they were sent cheques for Rs.2, Rs.5, Rs.10 and Rs.12 as royalty from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation.
The farmers expressed extreme disappointment at the meagre royalties but the Corporation officials said they were following policy guidelines for paying royalties, and compensation was already paid in 2007.
Haryana’s industrial minister justifies the gesture saying this is royalty money that has been released in accordance with provisions of land acquisition.
The Corporation developed IMT Rohtak that is spread over 2,700 acres in 2006. An amount of over Rs.165.17 crore had already been given to the landowners as compensation for acquiring their property.
In Jan 2008 cheques amounting to over Rs.69.10 lakh were distributed as royalties for 2007 to 1,386 landowners.