Gudatipally farmers in Akkannapet mandal of the Husnabad tax division were not prepared to part with their land for the Gouravelli reservoir if they did not get proper compensation. They made this clear at a meeting held by collector P. Venkatarami Reddy and attended by MP V. Sathish Kumar. “Pay us the fair compensation and then buy us land,” the farmers told officials at the three-hour meeting held at the Siddipet Collectorate on Friday evening.
The government undertook the overhaul of irrigation projects in the state in 2015 after the formation of Telangana state. In this context, the project’s capacity of 1.41 tmc ft was redesigned and increased to 8.23 tmc ft. The government acquired 2,200 acres in 2009, followed by 1,967.18 acres in the second phase and 272 acres in the current phase.
The evicted demanded that they receive compensation of 15 lakh per acre and that structures and trees be removed. They recalled how those ousted from Vemulaghat under Mallannasagar were compensated up to 11 lakh in December 2018 and now, “after three years, the amount should be considerably increased”.
“The collector and MP told us they could only offer 11.5 lakh per acre. They also made it clear that paying more than the promised amount was not in their hands and that they are powerless. Declaring that their offer was not acceptable to us, we left the meeting, ”said Baddam Raji Reddy and B. Yella Reddy, farmers from Gudatipally.
More than 140 young people from the village, who attended the meeting, said they were offered ₹ 2 lakh as compensation with young people from Mid Manair and Yellamally in 2015, but the amount had not yet been paid . Therefore, they should be compensated on the model of what was granted to the evicted youths due to the Mallannasagar project. For this too, the Collector would have expressed his incapacity and the meeting ended in an inconclusive manner.