Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: The consortium formed by four Singapore and Australia-based companies to set up Odyssey Science City project in Amadaguru and Obuladevara Chervu mandal in Kadiri area of the district has decided to set up their office in Kadiri.

A team of Zurang India company, one of the partners in the consortium, visited Kadiri on Wednesday and finalised a building to set up their office by the month-end.

Representative of Zurang in India Rao Munukuntla and three others visited a building belonging to Congress legislator J. Ramaiah.

After examining the building play, lay-out and other documents they decided to set up the consortium office in the building by August-end. Nallamada legislator K. Mohan Reddy was also present.

Land acquisition

On land acquisition for the science city project, Mr. Rao said they would acquire 10,000 acres initially.

Their executives would visit the villages selected, study mapping of the area and meet farmers survey number-wise to acquire land at market price.

“The government was asking for a reasonable rehabilitation package for the farmers and we believe that market price for the land and employment for eligible persons of the displaced families in the company would be reasonable”, Mr. Rao said.

He said that locals would be given preference in employment they would be taken after providing the necessary training.

The consortium would not depend on government for basic requirements like electricity and water as they would create the facilities on their own, he reiterated.

Desalination and de-fluoridation plants would be set up by the consortium with the expert technology from Singapore, he said.

The Nallamada legislator requested Mr. Rao to give remunerative price for the land.

District president of the Bharatiya Janata Party M.S. Parthasarathi and district president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha D. Vishnuvardhan Reddy submitted a memorandum to Mr. Rao demanding a price of Rs. 1.5 to 2 lakhs per acre for dry lands and Rs. 2 to 4 lakh for wet lands.

Farmers’ plea

Meanwhile, several farmers of Amadaguru mandal requested political parties not to create hurdles in setting up the science city project by placing impractical demands. They, however, did not mention the price they were expecting for their lands.

Market price of the dry lands in the area now is Rs. 25,000 to 30,000 per acre and Rs. 1.5 lakhs to 2 lakhs for wet lands.