Staff Reporter

100 acres of land ready at Brahmapuram

The land was acquired from KSEB

Boundaries of the land fixed

KOCHI: Indicating that the efforts towards the implementation of the proposed Smart City project are on the right path, the district revenue authorities are gearing up to handover 100 acres of land at Brahmapuram, which was acquired from the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for the project to the Information Technology (IT) Department.

The IT Department would in turn handover the land to Tecom, promoters of the project. The move comes close on the heels of the visit by a group of top officials from Tecom to the project site last month.

Talking to presspersons here on Wednesday, District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish said the district revenue authorities had already completed the work for the handing over of the land.

The boundaries of the acquired land had been fixed and a detailed sketch and other details of the land were handed over to the IT Department.

The authorities will also start issuing official notices intimating the rehabilitation package to the prospective evictees at Edachira from Thursday. The families to be evicted, on receipt of the notices, are supposed to convey their consent to the district revenue authorities for handing over the land.

As per the package, all the 61 affected families, including nuclear families, will get six cents of land free-of-cost. Besides, those who surrender more than 15 cents would be given another five cents for a price at par with what they were paid for the land acquired from them.

Price that would be paid for the acquired land would vary between Rs.33,000 and Rs.83,000, depending on the category of the land. The families will also be paid “demolition expenditure” for clearing their buildings.

The evictees have also been assured road, power and water connectivity in the place where they are to be rehabilitated.