VIJAYAWADA:Despite notices being served on canal bund dwellers to vacate their homes, the officials seem to be in a dilemma as to how to deal with the situation following stiff resitance to its action.
According to sources, more than 75,000 people live in about 15,000 houses on the banks of Bandar Canal, Eluru Canal and Ryves Canal in the city. The irrigation department issued notices to a handful of people living on the Bandal Canal bank in Patamatalanka area on Thursday.
“The TDP government has failed to fulfill the promises made to us at the time of elections. They are not ready to provide alternative for these people who are living in canal bunds. Where will these people will go after vacating their homes? What about the government offices situated on canal banks? Don’t these offices be considered as encroachments?” asked CPI city secretary Ch Babu Rao.
Irrigation superintending engineer C Rama Krishna said the government properties on canal bunds were constructed after obtaining the necessary permissions.
The corporation and irrigation officials do not have plans to relocate the people living in canal bund areas after as they consider them encroachers.