TAMIL NADU

Displaced ryots to stall Galeru works

Seek compensation for lands acquired

Staff Reporter

KADAPA: Farmers of five villages in Veerapunayunipalle mandal, displaced by Sarvarayasagar reservoir under Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi project, formed a committee on Friday and decided not to allow the project works until compensation was paid for lands acquired from them.

The Communist Party of India district secretary, G. Obulesu, and over 200 farmers of Sarvarajupet, Sangalapalle, Indukur, Kothapalle and Kommaddi who attended the meeting at VRS Degree College at Veerapunayunipalle, announced the decision.

Two farmers, Raghunatha Reddy of Sarvarajupet and Mallikarjuna Reddy of Sangalapalle, would head the Sarvarayasagar Displaced Peoples' Committee, pressing for expeditious payment of compensation.

Crop loss

They wanted that the Government pay Rs. 1.5 lakhs per acre of agricultural land and Rs. 2 lakhs per acre to horticultural plantations besides Rs. 20,000 per acre towards crop loss compensation.

They also sought reasonable rates paid for DKT lands and citrus plantations.

Stir threat

Addressing the farmers, Mr. Obulesu warned that the party would lead a stir by ryots, if project works commenced before disbursement of compensation. Farmers are forced to leave their native villages and settle down elsewhere and hence must be adequately compensated, he said.

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