The prolonged impasse over the acquisition of land for construction of Polavaram right bank main canal seems to be coming to an end with the farmers agreeing to give up their land in return for reasonable compensation.
They are likely to take a final call on withdrawing the cases filed against the acquisition only after the authorities announce the quantum of compensation that will be offered to them. Though the district collector Babu Ahmed promised a good price for their land holdings, the farmers made it clear that they will take a decision only after seeing the compensation package. During the negotiations held with the district collector late on Saturday night, farmers who have been fighting against the acquisition of around 186 acres in Pallerlamudi village in Nuzvid mandal agreed to give up land for the first time in a decade.
Insisting that they should be paid on par with the market value of the land located adjacent to the Ramileru tank area in their mandal, the farmers representative Chalasani Anjaneyulu said that they would not be able to purchase agri cultural land after losing their holdings even if the government fixes a reasonably good price.
He said that land prices have shot up after the announcement of the capital region.He explained that their lands are close to the highway and multi-crop fields.
Promising to give them reasonably good compensation, the district collector requested the farmers to allow the survey teams to first finish their job. “We will definitely take the facts like proximity to the highways, market prices post announcement of capital city into consideration to fix the compensation. We will also give you additional compensation for bore wells, structures, plantations,“ the collector assured.