The construction work doesn’t completely appear to be plain sailing at New Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit, the venue that will play host to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix later this year.
Despite work at the circuit reportedly running to schedule, the ongoing works are creating rifts with the local community, with some local news agencies reporting violence – and some deaths – in the surround areas.
The protests seem to stem from two principal issues, with the first being that some villagers are upset that the construction works are blocking their access to a local temple.
A group of villagers has sought a court intervention to have their access to the temple reinstated.
Meanwhile, local farmers are claiming that they still haven’t received a cent of the financial contribution they were offered for their land to be compulsorily acquired by the circuit developers.
So angry are some locals that they have threatened to disrupt ongoing works and even the race itself, according to reports in the Hindustan Times.
The state government has therefore beefed up local security and police presence at the circuit, and circuit boss Sameer Gaur has claimed that all concerns will be resolved.
“We are talking to the people concerned and are confident a solution would be found,” he is quoted as saying.
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