Land for NICE township with farmers' consent

 It denied the Opposition parties’ allegation that the Government was purchasing the land from farmers, paying a paltry amount.

Congress member Motamma raised the issue in the Zero Hour in the Legislative Council. She alleged that the farmers were being paid only between Rs 88,000 and Rs 2 lakh per acre for land, notified for the project.

Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani said that the State had not fixed price for land.
The primary notification for land acquisition was issued in 1998. The final notification was issued in March this year, when the State was under the Governor’s rule. A meeting of farmers convened by the  deputy commissioner concerned failed to arrive at a consensus. At present, the matter  was before the Supreme Court. The Government would obey the court’s order.

Leader of the Opposition Ugrappa and JD(S) member Y S V Datta alleged that the minister was misleading the House by giving wrong information. The matter was not before the court. Ugrappa said, the township  was not part of the framework agreement of the BMIC. He demanded that the Government drop the project and backtrack from acquiring the land.

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