Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Farmers owning land on the outskirts of Mysore plan to stage a demonstration on March 1 outside the offices of the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) to protest the acquisition of more than 2,000 acres of land for creation of residential layouts.

The demonstration is to be held under the aegis of Bhoomi Thayi Horata Samiti, patronised by Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), and comes in the wake of the issue of a preliminary notification of acquisition of 2,000 acres of land by MUDA. The samiti leaders said the MUDA had issued a notification for acquisition of more than 2,000 acres of land in Lalithadripura, Yandahalli, Choranahalli, Chikkahalli, Uttanahalli, Hosahundi, Kurubarahalli and other places. "The MUDA should immediately withdraw the notification and drop the acquisition proceedings," farmers' leader Badagalpura Nagendra told presspersons.

Out of 2,000 acres identified by MUDA, more than 500 acres is farmland, lakes, houses and villages. The farmers owning land in these areas would suffer if MUDA acquired the land for residential layouts, he added.

While the residential layouts created after the acquisition of farmlands provide housing to the rich, farmers who lose their lands are left in the lurch. "Many land-losers are forced to stay in slums as the MUDA has neither given the land-losers adequate compensation nor provided them with sites in the layouts developed on their lands. Bhoomi Thayi Horata Samiti's Hosakote Basavaraju urged the Government to provide farmers with a site having a dimension of 40 x 60 to for every acre of land given up by them.

The farmers have also taken exception to the reported failure of the MUDA to sanction the compensation though 50 to 60 years been elapsed since acquisition. A large number of farmers and leaders of various progressive organisations including farmers' leader K.S. Puttannaiah, Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha leader Devanur Mahadev and others will participate in the demonstration.