Village relocation hits roadblock

Special Correspondent

Owners not willing to part with land required for the purpose

Land for 41 villages has been acquired

Administration urged to speed up the process

GULBARGA: The relocation of 48 flood-hit villages in the district has hit a roadblock due to the delay in acquiring land for the purpose.

According to information provided in the quarterly review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) here on Tuesday, out of the 48 villages to be shifted, land acquisition is over for 41. Owners are refusing to part with land for relocation of the remaining.

Doddappa Gowda Patil Naribol, MLA, and Allamprabhu Patil, MLC, who raised the issue, said there had been an inordinate delay in shifting the villages and wanted the district administration to speed up things.

The officials said the district administration was in continuous touch with the land owners. “If they fail to arrive at an amicable settlement, the district administration will issue a notification for land acquisition,” they added. The legislators said work in all places identified for village relocation should start immediately and be completed before the monsoon begins. The officials said the zilla panchayat and the Public Works Department had already started creating basic infrastructure including roads and drainage systems in the areas identified. “We will complete house construction in a year’s time,” they added.

Sharanprakash Patil, MLA, took exception to the inclusion of Central schemes and normal budgetary allocations in the Special Development Plan (SDP) for implementing the recommendations of the Nanjundappa panel. He said the Rashtriya Krishi Yojana, which was a Centrally assisted programme for the entire State, had been included in the SDP and there were other instances of normal budgetary funds being included under the SDP head. Dr. Patil wanted Lakshman Savadi, district in-charge Minister who chaired the meeting, to order an inquiry into instances where departments such as Agriculture were not spending amounts allocated to them and allowing funds to lapse. “Farmers are being denied subsidy under different schemes due to the nonchalant attitude of the department officials,” he added.

Mr. Savadi asked the chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat Salma Fahim to inquire into the charge and send a report to the Government.

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