Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday asked the State Government to pay compensation of Rs. 20 crore to residents of Yemasandhi village in Kasaba hobli of Belur taluk, Hassan district. The reason: all the houses in the village have been affected by the backwater of the Yemasandhi reservoir project. The backwater has not only inundated the land but also affected the livelihood of the village residents.

According to the residents, Annappa Rao and others, the Government had acquired their land for the Yemasandhi project. They said that after the project came through the backwater came up to the edge of the village. They said the houses were just 150 m from the backwater and snakes and other reptiles began creeping into their dwellings.

Survey

The Government conducted a survey and declared the area as “cold affected.” It soon announced a compensation package for the residents and an award of Rs. 20 crore was arrived at.

The Government then did a U-turn and decided to constitute a committee to examine the effects of “cold” on the village.

It then changed its stand on the award. Alarmed by these developments, the village residents moved the High Court seeking relief.

Justice B.S. Patil allowed the petition and asked the State to abide by its decision to pay compensation to the residents of Yemasandhi.

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