The Highways Ministry says the government was yet to make compensation payments to land owners whose lands have been acquired for road development work in various parts of the country.
The Ministry has told parliament that the government still had to pay Rs. 10 billion as compensation payments for lands acquired in this manner during the last two decades.
The government had acquired 40.94 hectares of land for road development work last year. The highest acquisition of land had been made in 2001, which is 643.03 hectares.
The Ministry statistics reveal that the total sum for compensation for land acquired since 1990 is Rs. 34 billion.
The government however has paid Rs. 24 billion as compensation and a balance of Rs. 10 billion is yet to be paid to the land owners.