Ryots move High Court opposing land take over for AP State Capital

HYDERABAD:  The efforts of A.P. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts to build the state’s capital by securing the required land through land pooling encountered a hurdle with some farmers from Krishna and Guntur districts seeking intervention of the High Court to protect their lands.

Farmers from Mangalagiri and Tadepally of the district filed a petition that their lands were being forcibly acquired by the state government in its ambitious plans to develop a world-class capital. They sought the intervention of the court by restraining the AP government from taking their lands as their livelihood depended on cultivation.

The High Court issued notices to the state government and also directed the Advocate General to seek necessary clarifications from the concerned authorities.

Separately 32 farmers from Vundavalli, Penumaka and Nidamarru villages filed another petition against the land pooling. They contended that instead of acquiring lands with the consent of the farmers as per Clause 22 of Section 2(52) of CRDA Act, the State government has been trying to take over their lands forcibly.

The petitioners pointed out that though they had filed objection petitions to the CRDA a fortnight ago, the State government failed to respond so far. The farmers also pointed out that the AP government had clarified that the farmers, who have filed objection petitions have nothing to do with land pooling. As the government remained silent over their objections even after one month, the farmers approached the High Court for justice. (NSS)

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