Special Correspondent

District administration gets green signal to issue 6(1) notification to farmers

GULBARGA: The final hurdle to acquiring 1,516 acres of land in Ferozabad, Honna Kiranagi and Nadi Sinnoor to establish the 1,320 MW super-critical thermal power plant in Gulbarga taluk has been cleared. The Government has given its nod to the district administration to issue 6(1) notification to farmers for acquisition of land.

Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal told The Hindu here on Saturday that individual farmers, numbering over 200, were being issued 6(1) notification, and issues such as fixing the price for the land would be addressed now. The Chief Minister had reportedly assured a delegation of farmers from these villages a few weeks ago that the Government would be generous while giving compensation and had reportedly indicated that Rs. 10 lakh would be paid per acre.

Normally, the Government issues 6 (1) notification under the Land Acquisition Act after conducting the joint measurement survey (JMS), which takes into account the details of the number of trees, wells, houses on the land to be acquired, in order to fix compensation at the time of the final settlement.

However, with regard to acquiring land for the proposed thermal plant at Ferozabad, the “transparent” JMS has not been conducted. To a question in this regard, Dr. Vishal said, “We have quietly done the JMS for the land in all the villages.”

To a question on whether it was mandatory to get forest and environment clearance from the Centre before acquiring the said land, Dr. Vishal said both land acquisition and getting clearances from different agencies would be done simultaneously. The environmental assessment study would soon be completed and its report would be submitted to different agencies shortly.

Dr. Vishal said that of the 13 power majors who had expressed interest in establishing the super-critical thermal plant at Ferozabad, 11, including Reliance, L&T, and Lanco, had qualified to submit their proposals. The estimated cost of the project at the time of its completion would be around Rs. 9,000 crore. There has been no comment on the matter by the Joint Action Committee of farmers in the three villages.