The existence of PowerGrid Corporation of India Limited’s (PCIL) 765/400kV Sub-Station at village Jhatikra in South-West Delhi has led to the installation of high-tension power cables and huge (4-legged) electric poles on the agricultural lands has proved to be a bane for the farmers in this area.
Though the PowerGrid pays a one-time crops compensation to the affected farmers, but these agricultural lands are rendered “useless” as, the farmers say, “there will be no buyers of these lands in the future.”
The huge electric poles having four legs at a distance of 14 metres cover an area of 196 square metres on an agricultural field, and the high-tension wires going above it make scary noises.
“Due to these high-tension wires going above, our agriculture fields have been rendered useless as we can never sell our piece of land any time in future as there won’t be any buyers. Neither the government will acquire such lands for any other use. Hence, we are at a net loss forever,” said a farmer Krishan Kumar of village Jhatikra.
He further alleged that the farmers are not given prior information by the PCIL through public announcements or advertisements. “The farmers normally receive information from the local Patwaris or Revenue officers about the installation of these huge electric poles in the agricultural fields, just before the installation process begins,” he added.
The high-tension wires come from far off places in Rajasthan or Haryana and pass through this PCIL sub-station to other places in Delhi and beyond for ensuring smooth power supply.
The Powergrid’s sub-station employees often face stiff resistance from these villages, after which work is carried out under police protection, according to a sub-station employee.