Complete rehabilitation before shifting Gandikota, CPM tells AP CM

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had asked the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to complete rehabilitation before shifting the Gandikota village which is to be relocated for the Polavaram left canal in East Godavari district.

CPI-M State secretary P Madhu in an open letter to the Chief Minister said that Gandikota village with 57 families of the Scheduled Tribes was shifted to the present place 26 years ago for Pushkara lift irrigation scheme. The village with 52 families in 2005 was given 105.77 acres of land as part of the rehabilitation package, he said. He further added that the government had once again proposed relocation of the village for the Polavaram left canal. The government had started rehabilitation for 41 families from the village and houses are being constructed for them near Nelakota village, he said. The houses are incomplete and have no roads, electricity and drinking water facilities. The village had no burial ground and no school for the children, he added.

Madhu asked the government to provide complete rehabilitation including wage earning mechanism for the people before shifting them to the new place. He took strong exception to the revenue officials for proposing to shift the families to the half-complete houses.

The CPI-M leader asked the Chief Minister to provide relief and rehabilitation to these families as per the 2013 Land Acquisition Act. He said that the CPI-M would fight for these families if the government made any attempt to shift them without completing the rehabilitation process.

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