Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday said about 75 per cent of land owners had come forward voluntarily to give their land for the Mallannasagar project.
Stating that Mallannasagar and Kaleswaram projects would help realise the dream of a large increase in the crop area in Telangana, the Chief Minister said he was well aware of the hardships of displacement. “My family parted with precious chunks of land for irrigation projects and I know what it means,” he said.
While the government was coming to the rescue of farmers taking a sympathetic stand and compensating them for their loss in a big way, the Opposition parties were out to create litigation and stall the land acquisition process, he said, and recalled that he himself wanted prohibitory orders imposed in the villages in the vicinity of Mallannasagar project because some political parties were trying for a repeat of Mudigoinda episode by creating law and order problems.
He said Kaleshwaram water would be given to North Telangana by June 2018. Harish Rao assured members in the State Assembly that land would be acquired only for Government projects by invoking the provisions of the Telangana Land Acquisition Bill, 2016, introduced by him in the House on Wednesday.
Clarifying to members on the objectives of the Bill, he said it was aimed at speedy acquisition of land to step up the pace of works in the ongoing projects. In case of the SEZs and private projects, the land acquisition would be made under the Land acquisition Act, 2013 of the Centre.
Intervening at this stage, BJP floor leader M Kishan Reddy, wanted the government to resume the Gandhi Medical College land allotted to a private entity during the previous Congress Party regime in undivided State because of the political support enjoyed by the beneficiary.
The Minister for IT, Industries and Municipal Administration, K T Ram Rao informed the BJP floor leader that the government was seized of the matter and steps were being taken to protect the property.
The Bill introduced was later passed by voice vote in the State Assembly after debating its merits for nearly three-and-half hours.