Some landowners are reluctant to part with their holdings saying they cannot buy land elsewhere

Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) Chairman Vanukuri Srinivasa Reddy and Vice-Chairman M. Rama Rao on Friday inspected the places where Tadigadapa-Enikepadu Road expansion is facing hurdles in land acquisition.

Most part of the expansion of the four-km long road has been completed but some landowners are reluctant to part with their holdings by saying that they could not buy land elsewhere due to exorbitant prices.

At the earliest

Such disputes are sought to be settled at the earliest. A few owners took to legal recourse while refusing to give the land asked by VGTMUDA, which is promising to pay compensation in the form of Transferable Development Right bonds to those giving consent for acquisition of their land.

Weak case

Landowners cannot decline to give their lands for a public purpose like the present road expansion and their case is that much weaker when their properties are in conflict with the VGTMUDA Master Plan, he said.

The Tadigadapa-Enikepadu road is a 100-feet road shown in the Master Plan and the land owners have no permanent right of refusal. However, the VGTMUDA will pay due compensation to those coming forward to facilitate development of their areas by giving their lands, as per rules, VGTMUDA Chairman told some of the aggrieved individuals who met him during Friday’s inspection.

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