ANDHRA PRADESH

Compensation to displaced: CPI to stall project works

Staff Reporter

CUDDAPAH: Ongoing works on the Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi and Gandikota reservoir will be obstructed by CPI activists and farmers if those displaced under the projects are not paid compensation expeditiously, the CPI district Secretary, G. Obulesu, warned on Thursday.

Meagre conpensation

A compensation of Rs. 20,000 per acre fixed by the Government was unacceptable to farmers, who were demanding enhancement of the compensation, he told a press conference. Ryots were also demanding crop loss compensation, as they were foregoing standing crops on account of commencement of works, he stated. The Government was enthusiastically paying mobilisation advances to contractors, but delaying compensation payment to the displaced people, he alleged.

The CPI planned a Statewide agitation on the problem, which was prevalent under most irrigation projects, the party's State Secretariat member, T. Lakshminarayana, said. Lamenting that nearly 1,000 tmcft. of Krishna water went into the sea, he demanded release of water from the Pothireddipadu head regulator and Banakacherla cross regulator, via Nippulavagu, to cater to the ayacut needs under Telugu Ganga project, Somasila and Kandleru reservoirs. He suggested release of Tungabhadra water to Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir and diversion of water from Mid-Pennar to Mylavaram reservoir.

The CPI district Assistant Secretary, P. Krishnamurthy and Town Secretary, G. Chandra, also took part.