CM promises better deal and a share of developed land

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A compensation of Rs 10-11 lakh per acre and about one fourth the share of the developed land acquired from them is paltry, feel farmers.

Hyderabad, Aug. 15

Those who have lost land under the Rs 3,000-crore Outer Ring Road (ORR) project, mainly farmers, have demanded that the State Government provide them land in lieu of their land lost to the project.

Farmers, particularly on the ORR project path around Hyderabad, have expressed anguish over the loss of land on which they have been dependent for ages. Instead of the money as compensation, which they believe is much lower than the market value, they seek land near the ORR path.

Interacting with them, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, assured them that the Government wouldwork out ways to compensate them better, including the possibility of providing part of the land acquired from them.

Guidelines

Dr Reddy said the Government would come up with detailed guidelines regarding land acquisition and compensation afterthe Cabinet subcommittee entrusted with the task of studying various options with regard to compensation, submittedits findings. Sympathising with the land oustees from the Pedda Ambarpet and Hayathnagar mandals around the city, Dr Reddy said they would get a compensation of Rs 10-11 lakh per acre and about one fourth the share of developed land acquired from them.

Such a compensation package will help them acquire agriculture land and also provide them with an option of selling their land from the developed land allotted near the ORR.

`Paltry compensation'

Given the backdrop of rapidly spiralling land prices, farmers feel that the compensation is paltry. They need to understand that the sudden rise in land prices is in fact due to the ORR project and without this the land prices will not go up, he explained.

However, the farmers who met the Chief Minister reiterated that only land would help them continue with their vocation.

Opposition parties and some leaders from the ruling Congress party too have been demanding that farmers be paid better compensation as their livelihood is under threat. They contended that land around the ORR project could be allocated to them instead of relocating to a site far away.

LAND FOR SEZ

Meanwhile, a recent Cabinet decision to allot 5,000 acres of land to a consortium called Satyavedu Reserve Infracity Ltd, headed by Megasoft founder, Mr Ravindra Sannareddy, and NRIs, has come in for criticism by various political parties who have questioned the Government decision in allocating such a large land bank for SEZ.

This is in the back drop of the Tamil Nadu Government recently reversing earlier regime's decision to allot land to Megasoft near Chennai.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 16, 2006)
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