Enraged farmers lay siege to MUDA

Urban body chairman, commr intervene; promise payments soon

Farmers carry furniture from MUDA in Mysore on Friday. DH photo

Following this, farmers took the computer, table and chairs from the office of the MUDA land acquisition officer and were loading it onto a lorry. MUDA chairman L Nagendra and commissioner C J Betsurmutt intervened at the last moment to convince the farmers and managed to get the furniture back.

The MUDA commissioner accepted to grant Rs 7.25 lakh per acre to the farmers and the remaining amount to be given to ryots would be discussed in the MUDA general meeting.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the farmers said the MUDA commissioner has accepted to give 10 per cent compensation in the first installment by means of cheque. The remaining money would be disbursed within the month. In case, MUDA fails to allot the money, its property would be attached, he added.

In 1997, MUDA had notified 417 acres in Kergalli of Mysore taluk. Of this 200 acres was denotified for private layouts. The remaining land was acquired in 2003 and had promised to give Rs 1.5 lakh per acre. The farmers had approached the court as they weren’t satisfied with the price fixed by MUDA.

The court ordered that Rs 13.5 lakh should be given per acre in 2009. Even though two years had passed since the verdict had been given, MUDA had not given the compensation.

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