HYDERABAD: Over 30 farmers from Guntur district on Friday moved the Hyderabad High Court seeking to prevent the AP government from taking over their lands under the land pooling scheme for the development of a new capital.
The farmers also submitted that they were not being allowed to raise crops on their lands. Justice A Rajasekhar Reddy, who was dealing with the petition, asked the AP government for its response and posted the matter to next Monday for further hearing.
The plea, filed by B Siva Rami Reddy and 31 other farmers from Mangalagiri and Tadepalli mandals, sought an immediate directive to the AP government to leave their lands as per Rule 7 of the AP Capital City Land Pooling Scheme (formulation & implementation) Rules-2015.
The petitioners’ counsel P Sudhakara Reddy told the court the farmers had refused to part with their lands and filed objections under Rule 7. “However, the Capital Region Development Authority announced that the ryots under the capital region are permitted to raise crops only for the present season,” he pointed out.
Additional AG Srinivas, however, said the CRDA has extended the date till Feb 28 to receive objections and termed the plea premature.