Locals Refuse to Part With Land for Airport

Several families residing in the SC colony are reluctant to lose their lands for the expansion of Gannavaram airport.

Published: 10th September 2014 06:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2014 07:27 AM   |  A+A-

VIJAYAWADA: Even as the state government is all set to acquire land for the upgrade of Gannavaram airport, several families residing in the SC colony are reluctant to lose their lands for the expansion. The government is yet to fix the price for the land.

Even though the government has promised compensation for the acquired land, around 200 families living in the SC Colony  are unwilling to offer their land as they claim that the compensation will do no good to them. A majority of these families are small farmers while some of them work as daily labourers.

facts.JPGAccording to the sources, the airport requires 498 acres of land in addition to the existing 500 acres to fulfill the requirements of an international airport. SC Colony of Dhavajigudem in Gannavaram mandal is one of those lands proposed by the government for land acquisition. Recently, 100 houses spread over 5 acres were served notices.

Airport.JPGThe villagers approached the government officials seeking clarity over the notice. However, the officials promised them that compensation would be paid and asked the villagers to remain silent over the issue.

When asked about the details regarding the compensation, the officials told the villagers that they would be shifted to Kesarapalli village, 4.5 km away from the airport. “Except for the location, nothing else has been promised to us,” claims, Devarapalli Yesubabu, a farmer.

He also mentioned that SC Colony was located on 4 acres of land and relocating the Dalits would spoil their livelihood. When TNIE contacted the official concerned, he refused to comment on the issue saying it was a sensitive one.

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp