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Jul 10, 2016
Land takeover plan rattles Machilipatnam farmers
Chinese team holding a discussion on Masula port and industrial corridor projects. — File photo: Appala Naidu
“We will be forced to migrate if govt. allows industries along coastline”
The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet’s approval on Friday for takeover of 30,000 acres for the port and industrial corridor projectthrough the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) has come as a big jolt to farmers engaged in growing food crops and aquaculture in 29 villages close to this port town.
Farmers estimate that they would lose paddy crop spread over 12, 000 acres and aquaculture on over 2,000 acres.
The biggest loss would be of farmers growing Bell Pepper capsicum, on 500 acres. Incidentally, this is the only other place where this is grown apart from Karnataka. Though the government on Saturday clarified that it was aiming at 30,000 acres and not one lakh acres as was wrongly conveyed to the media on Friday, there is disquiet among farmers.
‘Fisher folk at peril’
“The proposed industrial corridor will wipe out entire agriculture and aquaculture activities. If the government allows industries along the coastline, the survival of traditional fisher folk too will be in peril,” Fareed, a farmer from Pedda Karagraharam village in Machilipatnam mandal, told The Hindu.
He was among those who gave away 650 acres for the deep-water port proposed by the government earlier. “Now they want more for the Machilipatnam Industrial Corridor without any concrete plan on paper.” He had led protests in August last when the government initiated the process of acquiring lands using the Land Acquisition Act, but for some reason backed out.
Apparently many farmers feel that the government, after smelling success in the Amaravati capital region, was using LPS to lure the farmers for the port and MIC project. “We will have to study the government’s proposal. If it is not good, we will re-launchprotests. Thousands of farmers who rely on fishing and agriculture will be forced to migrate in search of work to distant places ifthe land in the coastal belt is diverted for any industrial purpose,” said Perni Nani, a local farmer leader.
Notwithstanding the farmers’ concerns, the government is all set to take over 30,000 acres, including 14,000 acres of privateland, in 27 villages of Machilipatnam mandal and two villages in Pedana mandal of Krishna district.
Excise and Backward Classes Welfare Minister Kollu Ravindra on Saturday told The Hindu that the government would issue LPS notification on July 11. The Machilipatnam Area Development Authority will be given the task of pooling the land which wouldthen be handed over to the A.P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation. Environmentalists too are viewing the development withconcern as the huge chunk of land is very close to eco-sensitive coastal zones such as mangrove forest.
Jul 14, 2016
‘Only 14,000 acres will be pooled for Masula port’
Only 14,000 acres will be pooled for the construction of the Machilipatnam seaport, Machilipatnam MP Konakalla Narayana Rao has said.
Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Mr. Narayana Rao said that land owners would be offered an Amaravati-type package.
He said the newly formed Machilipatnam Urban Development Authority (MADA) would have jurisdiction over 1,05,000 acres.
He recalled that the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government had issued a GO for constructing the port in approximately 5,325 acres, but the project did not take off as it was mired in problems related to land acquisition.
The opposition parties did not allow land acquisition to take place and even tried to take the port away to Gogileru, much against the wishes of the people of Machilipatnam, he said.
Mr. Umamaheswara Rao exuded confidence that the project would become a reality soon.
He further said that the birth anniversary of renowned engineer and former Union Minister K.L. Rao would be celebrated as a State function on July 15.