Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Land for NICE township with farmers’ consent

Land for NICE township with farmers’ consent
Bangalore,DH News Service:

The State government has said the State will purchase land in Bangalore South taluk for NICE township project with the consent of farmers.

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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