Gudatipally villagers fear displacement again

The government has proposed to increase the capacity of Gouravelli reservoir and is demanding some more land, which many farmers are reluctant to part with.

“We gave up 11 acres of our land for Gouravelli project in 2009 and were paid Rs. 2.10 lakh per acre, but not offered any rehabilitation and resettlement package. Some of the oustees have not been paid compensation so far for land and houses.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

New transferable development rights rules hit landowners hard

BENGALURU: G Nagaraj, a landowner in Kothanur, surrendered 70,000 sqft of his land for a road-widening project connecting Hennur and Kempegowda International Airport in 2015. Though it was farmland, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike agreed to give him 1.5 times of floor area as compensation under the old transferable development rights (TDR). That was in December 2016.

Three months later, the state government framed new rules for TDR. Nagaraj’s life turned upside down. His attempts .. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Amendments to Land Acquisition Act opposed

VIJAYAWADA: The State-level meeting of the Bhu Porata Hakkula Samithi (BPHS) has opined that the Centre has asked the State government make changes in the Land Acquisition Bill as it could not directly do that. The BPHS held a State-level meeting at Hanumantharaya Library on Friday against the amendments to Land Acquisition Act, 2013 demanding its withdrawal.

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Courtesy: The New Indian Express

ACB has diluted Himmavu land acquisition case, says Vishwanath

Mysuru: Former MP and JD(S) leader AH Vishwanath charged the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) with diluting the case pertaining to the acquisition of 841 acres at Himmavu village at Nanjanjgud taluk in Mysuru.
Alleging that the decision of the state government to hand over the investigation to ACB when JD(S) leader GT Devegowda was its president was politically motivated, Vishwanath added, “Let the ACB conduct an independent investigation into Himmavu land acquisition deal. The real face of several top leaders will get exposed. Chief minister Siddaramaiah has issued oral directions to ACB to dilute the Himmavu land acquisition case.”

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Bill to acquire tribal land for dev. schemes passed

The Chhattisgarh Assembly on Thursday passed the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) bill which would facilitate the government to acquire tribal land for various development schemes.

The bill, presented by Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, was opposed by Opposition members during discussions in the House.

After tabling the bill, the minister said that the amendment in the previous Act will ease the process of land acquisition in the tribal areas for various welfare schemes. Congress member Mohan Markam while opposing the amendment said that the fifth schedule in the tribal area protects the interests of tribals but the new amendment would create distress.

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Courtesy: The Pioneer

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