NCC alleges farm activity in its lands

Agriculture activity being taken up by a few farmers in the lands of Nagarjuna Construction Company has snowballed into another controversy in Sompeta area where two persons were killed in a police firing on July 14.

NCC representatives vehemently opposed the farm activity in their lands alleging that people with the vested interests have been encouraging gullible farmers to occupy company's lands.

According to them, NCC purchased about 550 acres of land from farmers as 900 acres allocated by the government was not sufficient for construction of a power plant with a capacity of 2640 megawatts.

The company paid around Rs.3 lakhs per acre to the farmers. The company argued that farmers were being enticed by asking them to occupy the lands since NCC would not dare to enter the lands due to massive agitation against the power project.

‘No moral right'

“We don't have any objection if anybody opposes establishment of a power plant. But, no one has moral and legal right to enter our lands. Leaders, who led the agitation, are mobilising the support of farmers by provoking them to occupy our lands. It is really unfortunate. We request the government to safeguard our interests. Otherwise, no industry will come up in the State if the sellers occupy the lands in the name of agitations,” said N. Satyanarayana Raju, consultant of NCC.

However, Paryavarana Parirakshana Sangham, which led the agitation against the power plant, has made it clear that it was no way connected with the agriculture activity being taken up in the NCC lands.

“The company itself had permitted a few farmers to begin farm activity during this khariff season. There is no truth in the argument of NCC which had claimed the PPS was encouraging farmers to occupy lands,” said B. Dhilli Rao, general secretary of PPS. “We welcome NCC if it uses the land only for cultivation,” he added.

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