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Veligonda oustees call off agitation

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Collector promises action on most demands


  • Teams to be sent to conduct socio-economic survey
  • Blasting work at quarries has been stopped

    ONGOLE: Farmers going to be displaced under Veligonda project called off their week-long agitation following an assurance from District Collector B Udaya Lakshmi to consider most of their demands.

    The farmers have been stalling work on Gottipadia gap demanding suitable compensation for their lands getting submerged under the

    project and for better relief and rehabilitation package. They stayed near Gottipadia gap by pitching makeshift tents.Mrs Udaya Lakshmi held marathon talks with the agitators and TDP and CPI-M leaders, who are leading them on their demands. She

    agreed to consider 13 out of their 15 demands paving the way for settlement. She said teams would be sent to conduct socio-economic

    survey and offer better rehabilitation package.

    On the complaint that compensation was not paid to several farmers for their teakwood and sweet orange crops, the Collector said survey teams would be deputed to ascertain the facts and make suitable compensation for the crops too.

    Rehabilitation

    She directed irrigation officials to stop blasting work in the quarries near Gottipadia gap till compensation was paid to the residents whose houses had suffered damages due to blasting. Repairs would be made to roads which were damaged in Gottipadia and Akkacheruvu villages and new roads would be laid. Saying that they would not be able to get employment in the backward region, the prospective evacuees wanted government jobs. Mrs Udaya Lakshmi said she would write to the Government on the issue.

    Residents of Narasimhapuram wanted rehabilitation at Komatigunta instead of Vemulakunta proposed by officials.

    The Collector said that officials would conduct survey at Komatigunta village to ascertain whether drinking water is available there so that they can be rehabilitated there.

    Joint Collector Siddhartha Jain said compensation would be paid for crops on assigned lands provided that they are held by original assignees. Farmers sought 25 percent higher compensation for 220 acres. Mrs Udaya Lakshmi agreed to consider their demand during a meeting slated at Ongole on April 7.

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