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Bellary farmers seek Rs. 77 lakh for one acre

Staff Reporter


Their land is being acquired for

a steel plant

Authorities fix compensation at

Rs. 8 lakh an acre


BANGALORE: Farmers of Kuditini and Haraginadoni villages in Bellary district, whose lands were acquired by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) for the proposed steel project by the ArcelorMittal Limited, alleged that they are being offered a meagre compensation.

The authorities have fixed a compensation of Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh per acre for the land to be acquired for the steel project.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Kuditini and Haraginadoni village Farmers' Struggle committee leader K. Mukudappa said the Kudutini and Haraginadoni villages are on the Bellary-Ankola National Highway and about 10 km away from Bellary.

Market value

The villagers said the market value of the land in these villages is more than Rs. 1 crore an acre as they are in the proximity of Vijayanagar Area Development Board and near to airport. KIADB is acquiring 4,865 acres of land belonging to these villages for transferring it to ArcelorMittal Limited.

“Even before the fixing the land value, the Government issued an advertisement in some newspapers stating the compensation was being disbursed. This has put us in quandary,” Mr. Mukudappa said.

He said the government should follow the method adopted for ascertaining the value of land in Jaganur and Sirivara villages that was taken for setting up industries. “These villages, which are less developed than the Kuditini and Haraginadoni villages, have received compensation of Rs. 16 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh per acre respectively. This is 40 times more the value of the land. By announcing such a meagre value for us, we have been discriminated against.” Mr. Mukudappa said.

Farmers urged to the government to fix the value of their land at Rs. 77 lakh an acre, which was a fair sum. “If the Government does not agree we will hold ‘Bangalore chalo' programme from September 20. A demonstration will also be held in Bangalore on the same day,” he said.

Karnataka Pratha Raitha Sangha vice-president U. Basavaraj, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti organising secretary Mohan Raju and other farmers' leaders spoke.

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