Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: District Collector of Chittoor S.S. Rawat had to face a rough weather when he along with officials belonging to the revenue and other departments made an attempt to mobilise the public support for the controversial Special Exports Zone (SEZ) being sought to be set up by the Government on the Sathyavedu-Varadaiahpalem track taking advantage of its proximity to the Chennai-Kolkata national highway.

While the Sathyavedu farmers allowed the Collector and his entourage to visit the village and hold a meeting, their counterparts at Varadaiahpalem stopped them a km before the town and did not allow them to enter the town.

They insisted that the team first saw for themselves the vast expanse of their fertile lands which the Government was trying to `forcibly acquire' against their wishes to set up the SEZ.