Farmers refuse to part with land for court complex

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Yaluvahalli Ramesh and other farmers met on Thursday at the Travellers’ Bungalow,  Chikkaballapur, to discuss the acquisition of land by the district administration. DH photo

In a meeting convened at the travellers’ bungalow here on Thursday, farmers categorically opposed any measure to acquire their land for the proposed project.

Farmers’ leader Yaluvalli Ramesh said land has already been acquired for construction of district offices’ complex in Anakanur and Patrenahali villages and farmers cannot cede their land anymore.

Deccan Herald had published a report on the project in the edition dated June 30, 2011.

Ramesh said people in the two villages depend on farming for livelihood. Borewells had been sunk to a depth of 1,500 feet in the fertile farm land where grape, mango and mulberry are being grown.

Agriculture would get a fillip once a permanent irrigation project is implemented for the district. “Hence farmers won’t part with land for any amount of money as compensation,” the farmer leader said.

Farmers will stage a protest march on July 4 demanding to withdraw the proposed acquisition, added Yaluvalli Ramesh.

According to sources the district administration has been contemplating to acquire 20 acres for the court complex near the district offices’ complex now under construction.

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