Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has directed the Srikakulam district administration to settle the grievances of persons displaced in Vamsadhara project on a war-footing.
The displaced had been seeking fair compensation for their properties, which were dismantled for the construction of reservoir for Vamsadhara Phase-2 project.
Patapatnam MLA Kalamata Venkata Ramana, who recently joined the Telugu Desam Party from the YSRC, brought their issues to the notice of the Chief Minister who in turn directed the district administration to submit a detailed report over the status of compensation for the displaced persons.
According to Mr. Ramana, over 10,000 displaced persons of Hiramandalam, Kotturu and L.N. Peta had been going round Irrigation and Revenue Departments for the legitimate compensation.
They are strongly objected to the compensation which was fixed 10 years ago. Srikakulam Collector P. Lakshmi Narasimham and Joint Collector Vivek Yadav recently took the help of Lok Adalat for the permanent settlement of the cases.
Lok Adalat settles cases
However, only 10 per cent cases were reportedly settled through Lok Adalat and 90 per cent of the people are yet to be convinced for the permanent settlement.
Both the senior officials are planning to organise a massive Lok Adalat camp in Srikakulam this month so that others would also come forward to take the compensation fixed by the judges.
However, the Left parties are strongly opposing the move saying that the compensation had to be paid under Land Acquisition Act-2013. The district administration says it was not possible since majority of the displaced persons had already taken the compensation long ago and payment under new Act would lead to new trouble.
The district administration wanted to settle the issues in an amicable manner as per the directive of the Chief Minister’s office which was very keen on early completion of Vamsadhara Phase-2 Project which is expected to provide irrigation facility to over 2 lakh acres in the backward district.
The phase-2 could overcome all the inter-State water dispute hurdles recently, thanks to favourable orders from the Vamsadhara Water Dispute Tribunal.
CM directs the Srikakulam administration to submit a