Staff Reporter

795 acres for car factory, other projects

Muppireddypalli (Medak): The villagers, who have received notices to handover the assigned land to the Government to facilitate the proposed car factory by Lokesh Machines and Tools, on Wednesday, announced that they would protest the take over. In all 794.28 acres of assigned land has been set aside for the car factory and other projects on NH-9 affecting 431 farmers in Muppireddypalli, Kallakkal, Jeedipalli and Koocharam in Toopran mandal.

CPI (M) State secretary B. V. Raghavulu, Medak district committee secretary Chukka Ramulu and State Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham secretary Venkat visited the villages and interacted with the farmers. Chendi Pentaiah, one of the patta holders of the village, told the CPI (M) delegation that the land was not barren and they were cultivating it for decades. Rodda Sugunamma, another farmer, said that she and her husband Bhikshapathi took several loans to sink bore wells in their land. They all refused to accept the show cause notice handed over to them on November 21 and 22 by the MRO asking them to surrender the land in public interest.

Mr.Raghavulu wanted the Government declare the credentials of the manufacturing company. He alleged that more land had been requisitioned only to handover the extra land to realtors while the car factory required only 200 acres. The CPI (M) demanded market value for the land and guaranteed employment for the affected families in the proposed manufacturing unit. The party asked the farmers not to surrender their lands nor allow the Revenue Officials to survey them till an amicable agreement was reached.

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At a press meet in Sangareddy, Mr. Raghavulu declined to compare the Singur issue with Muppireddypalli saying that the State Government had not shown enough reason why it had zeroed on this land.

"We do not object handing over even farm lands to industries if there is no alternative like in West Bengal," he said. He also demanded enquiry on the Kotlapur land issue by a high level committee.

The farmers to facilitate construction of brewery unit in the village had voluntarily surrendered 75 acres of land.