Don’t turn AP into a major dumping yard, ex-bureaucrat warns AP govt

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: A former bureaucrat and environmentalist EAS Sarma has warned the AP government against turning the State into a dumping yard by accepting industries and other institutions which are rejected by the people of other States and countries. He also took strong exception to the indiscriminate land pooling for capital and other purposes in the State.

Sarma, who is currently involved in a case against the State government on Amaravati with the National Green Tribunal, alleged that the government was taking land from the farmers for industries, ports and roads indiscriminately. He regretted that thousands of acres of land in the State was taken from farmers ignoring the provisions of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act. He found fault with the government for introducing land pooling system in violation of the 2013 Act. He said that the fertile agriculture lands are being destroyed in the name of development.

Referring to the land pooling in Amaravati, the former bureaucrat, who worked at the Central government in various capacities, feared that the officials and the leaders who were involved in land pooling would have to face legal consequences in future. He said that the officials were ignoring the rulings of the National Green Tribunal and expressed confidence that it would set things right and correct the erring officials and politicians responsible for land pooling in Amaravati.

Sarma also raised objections to land pooling in the name of ports, industries and roads. He wondered why there is a need for a straight six lane road from Ananthapur to Amaravati which requires land acquisition depriving the people, particularly the farmers, of their lands.

Sarma took exception to the government allowing nuclear power plant to come up in Kovvada in Srikakulam district and at Kavali in Nellore district. He said that these two plants were rejected by the people of Gujarat and wondered why the Andhra Pradesh Government was going for them. He further recalled that the developed countries were not favouring nuclear power plants and found fault with the AP Government for favouring them. “Whatever is rejected by the developed nations is being dumped in AP by the government turning the entire State into a dumping yard,” Sarma alleged.

Former minister Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, took strong objections to the government allocating lands to various educational and health institutions. He said that the government had taken the lands from farmers by promising not to do business on them. However, after taking the lands, it was selling the same lands to various national and international companies, which he termed as real estate business. He sought to advise the IAS and other officials who are involved in land pooling and selling in the name of capital and other development activities.

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