KARNATAKA

Land yet to be acquired for relocating flood-hit villages

T.V. Sivanandan



141 villages are to be shifted fully or partially

Construction work has begun only in 28 villages



GULBARGA: The deadline fixed by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for completing reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the flood-hit villages before the end of April this year is unlikely to be met at least in the six worst-hit districts in the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

The officials concerned have not even completed the process of acquiring land for taking up the construction of houses for the villages which are to be shifted fully or partially.

According to the details available with The Hindu, of the 2,616.41 acres of land required for the shifting of the villages, which are perennially hit by the floods in Krishna, Tungabhadra and its tributaries, the authorities are yet to acquire 553.61 acres of land. While 301.03 acres of government land has been identified and acquired for the purpose, 1,759.97 acres of private lands have been acquired for reconstruction. The Government had decided to shift 141 villages fully or partially and construct 28,535 houses. The actual construction work began only in 28 relocated villages so far.

In Raichur district, one of the worst affected in the floods in the Tungabhadra and the Krishna, the Government had decided to shift 54 villages fully or partially by constructing 15,360 houses and worked out that about 1,355 acres of land was required for the purpose.

Of this 768.22 acres of private land and 100 acres of government land had been identified and acquired and the remaining 486.18 acres of land is yet to be acquired.

Official sources said that in Raichur, land was now available for shifting 45 villages, and of this the layout work had been completed in 42 relocated villages and construction of houses had begun in 10 relocated villages. In Gulbarga district, the government decided to shift 41 villages and decided to take up construction of 2,621 houses on 262.10 acres of land.

Of this, the district administration had acquired 63.08 acres of government land and 172.22 acres of private land and another 26.20 acres of land was required to fully rehabilitate all the affected villages.

Sources said that the construction of houses had begun in the relocated places for seven of the 41 villages that are to be shifted in Gulbarga district.

In Yadgir district, the Government decided to shift six villages and decided to take up construction of 910 houses on 81.05 acres of land. Of this, only 12.19 acres of land is to be acquired and the remaining has been acquired from private parties and government lands. The construction of the houses had begun in only one village.

In Bellary district, the government decided to shift 18 villages fully or partially and decided to take up construction of 6,580 houses on 577.71 acres of land. Of this, 29.04 acres of land is yet to be acquired. The construction of the houses had begun in six villages in the relocated places.

In Bidar district, the government decided to shift five villages that were perennially affected in the floods in tributaries of the Godavari and take up construction of 295 houses and the total land of 78.29 acres required for reconstruction and relocation of these villages has been acquired. However, the construction work is yet to begin.