Staff Reporter

Compensation at Rs. 70,000 per acre for dry land and Rs. 1.40 lakh for wet land sought

Compensation offered grossly inadequate, say MLAs'Delay in compensation affecting irrigation works'Extension of time sought for issue of ration cards

KADAPA: Congress and TDP leaders on Monday sought a substantial increase in compensation offered to agricultural land proposed to be acquired for irrigation projects such as Telugu Ganga, Galeru Nagari and KC Canal in Kadapa district.

Speaking at the District Review Committee meeting here, Kadapa MP Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, Rajya Sabha member S. Ramamuni Reddy, Mydukur MLA D.L. Ravindra Reddy and Kamalapuram MLA G. Veerasiva Reddy demanded fixing the compensation at Rs. 70,000 per acre for dry land and Rs. 1.40 lakh for wet land.

Stating that the compensation payment for land already acquired was unduly delayed, incurring farmers' wrath, they maintained that compensation of Rs. 95,000 offered to irrigated lands was 'irrational,' but agreed for Rs. 70,000 per acre for dry land.

Abysmally low

They recalled that rainfed land under the Veligallu project in the drought-hit Lakkireddipalle constituency was paid compensation of Rs. 55,000 and land with irrigation facilities paid Rs. 1.10 lakhs.

They contended that offering lower compensation of Rs. 95,000 for land in Pulivendula, Kamalapuram, Mydukur, Badvel, Kadapa and Proddatur constituencies, where farmers raised sweet lime plantations and sunk four to 10 borewells, was grossly inadequate.

Delay in paying compensation to land acquired was affecting irrigation project works, as farmers were obstructing canal lining works, Mr. Vivekananda Reddy said.

He sought at least Rs. 1,000 per sweet lime tree, (Rs. 1 lakh per acre) as an acre's yield would fetch income of about Rs. 1 lakh per year to farmers.

When the Assistant Director of Horticulture Madhusudana Reddy said revised CCLA guidelines of stipulated payment of Rs. 38,000 per acre for A grade land and Rs. 34,000 for B grade land, the Kadapa MP sought payment of Rs. 5,000 per tree without any compensation to land, which would work out to Rs. 5 lakh per acre. Minister for Information and Energy Mohd. Ali Shabbir urged the Collector G. Ashok Kumar and Joint Collector Kanthilal Dande to review the issue and pay reasonable compensation to land-losers.

MLA's demand

Kamalapuram MLA wanted the Mylavaram dam sluice to be placed at 197 metres to facilitate water flow to the project and Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant. Galeru Nagari SE said the issue was at the design stage.

When Dr. Ravindra Reddy alleged that Dalits were not accorded priority in sanction of money for developing assigned lands, DWMA Project Director P. Easwar Reddy said money was paid as per the MROs' certification. Kadapa MLA Md. Ahmedullah wanted extension of time for issuing ration cards.

The DRC meeting adopted a resolution seeking setting up of a horticulture college at Utukur in Chintakommadinne mandal. Members wanted works sanctioned depending on rice availability, as bills for completed works were uncleared since a year.