While a section of farmers from the Krishna river front villages are strongly opposed to offer their land to the proposed new capital of Andhra Pradesh, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is said to have finalized the compensation package for those who have come forward to part with their land for the land pooling.
Instead of a uniform package, the chief minister has finalized a package depending on the type of agriculture farming being carried out in the land in the villages earmarked for the first phase of land acquisition. The chief minister, who is in a hurry to finalize the compensation package for land pooling before the arrival of Singapore minister S Eswaran on December 8, on Saturday held several rounds of meetings with his cabinet ministers and a batch of farmers from Tullur mandal.
Earlier it was thought Naidu would announce the package immediately after the day-long consultations. But it was put off due to a bereavement in the family. According to sources in the government, the package is likely as follows: Farmer in the river front villages will get 1,100 sq yards residential plot and a 200 sq yard plot in the commercial zone apart from an annual cash compensation of Rs 50,000 per acre. Earlier, the state had offered 1,000 sq yards of developed land and Rs 25,000 per acre per annum uniformally for all farmers.
The farmers from the lift-irrigation areas will be given a plot of 1,100 sq yards in residential area and a 100 sq yard plot in commercial zone besides Rs 30,000 annual rent per acre. And for dry lands, farmers will get 800 sq yards residential plot and 100 sq yards commercial zone plot and Rs 30,000 as annual compensation.
Another proposal under consideration is settling the bank loan taken pledging these lands for farmers of the 29 villages identified for the capital construction.
The sources said there are about 57,786 acres of land in these villages of which 37,701 acres are patta lands. The rest of the area consists of temple lands, forest lands and waste lands. "The population of 29 villages is about 1.02 lakh. While farmers’ families constitute about 10,000, agricultural labourers are 31,634, and the remaining are workers engaged in other non-agricultural activities," the sources said.
In the meantime, the Congress has expressed solidarity with the farmers who are opposing parting with their land for the construction of the new capital. A delegation consisting of APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy, former Union minister K Chiranjeevi, former APCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, Rajya Sabha member KVP Ramachandra Rao and former minister Kondru Murali on Saturday urged governor ESL Narasimhan to intervene and stop forceful taking away of land from farmers.
They presented a memorandum to this extent and also urged the governor to institute an inquiry into the business interests of government functionaries such as chief minister and ministers in the new capital region.