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It was decided to pay 95,000 per acre for dry lands

People of displaced villages will be relocatedCompensation to be paid for guava, sapota, pomegranate and ber remains unchanged Compensation rate was fixed after consulting the farmers, says Collector

ANANTAPUR: Minister for Panchayat Raj and Endowments J.C. Diwakar Reddy on Saturday announced the compensation to be paid to farmers who would lose their lands for the works pertaining to Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir (PABR-Stage II) or Yadiki Canal, after discussing the issue with the farmers concerned.

After speaking to the farmers from Pendekallu, Chagallu and Chinna Yakkaluru villages, whose lands were being acquired for construction of Pendekallu balancing reservoir, Chagallu barrage and Chinna Yakkaluru tank it was decided to pay Rs. 95,000 per acre for dry lands and Rs. 1.3 lakhs per acre for land with fruit orchards with irrigation facility.

Besides, the compensation to be paid per fruit plant raised in such lands was also announced by the Minister. As per the farmers' acceptance the compensation for mango, coconut, citrus and sweet lime plants was hiked considerably.

However, the compensation to be paid for guava, sapota, pomegranate and ber was unchanged.

The Minister explained that the farmers losing their lands with fruits orchards would get a compensation of Rs. 2,675 per mango plant (Rs. 1,159 previous rate), Rs. 2,180 per coconut plant (Rs. 1,416), Rs. 1,220 per citrus plant (Rs. 421) and Rs. 1,545 per sweet lime plant (Rs. 551).

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The compensation of Rs. 1,951 per sapota plant, Rs. 189 per guava plant, Rs. 144 per pomegranate plant and Rs. 225 per ber plant were not changed.

The issue of low compensation to these plants would be taken up with the Government, he said. He directed Joint Collector Shashibhushan Kumar to send proposals to hike compensation in three categories finalised on Saturday to the Government.

People of the villages to be displaced due to construction of reservoirs would also be relocated and they would be provided with all basic infrastructure with new houses, roads and drinking water. District Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, stated that the farmers of Konakondal and G.Kottala villages who were losing their black cotton soil for Handri-Neeva project works would be paid a compensation of Rs. 63,000 and Rs. 85,000 per acre, respectively.

Minister for Agriculture and Civil Supplies N. Raghuveera Reddy, Zilla Parishad Chairperson G. Thippeswamy, Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy, Singanamala legislator S. Sailajanath, and others participated.