Consensus builds up, Naidu to meet farmers on Nov. 17

Farmers hand over agreements on parting with their land to Ministers P. Pulla Rao and D. Umamaheswara Rao at a meeting held at Thullur in Guntur district on Sunday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar   | Photo Credit: T VIJAYA KUMAR

A meeting between Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and farmers on the proposed capital region comprising the three mandals of Thullur, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli will be organised at Hyderabad on November 17 to thrash out contentious issues over land pooling, Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao said here on Sunday.

Mr. Rao, along with Minister for Irrigation Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and Tadikonda MLA Tenali Sravan Kumar, addressed farmers in a bid to allay concerns over the proposed land pooling system and explained to them the advantages of being in the capital region.

Sensing that a general consensus was building up among farmers in most villages, except for a few abutting the river bed, Mr. Pulla Rao said more villages would be added to the first phase of capital region, now spread over 29 villages. An Inner Ring Road extending to a length of 73 km will be laid. The IRR would be laid from Prakasam Barrage to NRI Hospital junction (10.5 km), Undavalli Centre to Borupalem (18 k.m) , Borupalem to Mangalagiri Y Junction (8 km) and Ananthavaram to Mangalagiri (16 km).

The revised boundaries of the new capital region are Y Junction at NRI Hospital to Prakasam Barrage on the eastern side, Borupalem to eighth mile on IRR on western side and Autonagar Y junction to 16th mile on IRR form the southern boundaries of new capital region. Farmers from the upland mandals of Thullur, Nelapadu and Venkatapalem attended the meeting.

Anamolu Satyanarayana, a farmer of Lingayapalem village, said farmers were ready to part with 50 per cent out of their land and demanded that their families be provided with health insurance, regular maintenance allowance, doubling of the current lease amount of Rs. 25,000. Some farmers demanded that they be provided with 1,200 square yards of developed plot and another 200 square yards in the commercial zone.

Farmers in the river bed should be provided a special package including, an annual lease amount of Rs. 60,000, a job to every family, and those who cultivate assigned lands should be provided the same package as that of registered lands, he added.

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