Land acquisitions almost not possible without Act, officials tell Harish Rao.
Hyderabad: Officials have said the TS government that it was not possible to acquire land for continuing irrigation projects till the new Land Acquisition Bill that was passed newly by the Assembly come to be an Act. Major irrigation minister T. Harish Rao held a meeting with top officers of the Irrigation department late on Sunday. The conference was also attended by A. Santosh Reddy advocate-general K. Ramakrishna Reddy, law secretary and M.G. Gopal special chief secretary (Revenue).
In the wake of the High Court’s new order on the land acquisition GO, Mr Harish Rao held deliberations with officials to identify alternative ways to acquire land for irrigation projects. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has sent the Land Gaining Bill to the President for support. Officials believe that if necessary, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will official visit New Delhi to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to explain about the Bill. Though, the Chief Minister’s Office said as of now, that there was no such application.
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The state government is confident of getting the President’s sanction at the earliest. Officials said that as Per High Court orders, except for irrigation plans, the government can acquire land for projects like spreading of National and state highways. Land acquisition for irrigation projects has come to be a major problem for the TS government.
Officials say that for a building of barrages at Annaram ,Medigadda and Sundilla below the Kaleswaram project, nearly 2,500 acres are necessary and the servicers are in possession of only 550 acres. For the Palamur–Ranga Reddy project, about 30,000 acres is necessary and the government has acquired 14,000 acres. Officers said until the new Act come from into force, the government may be not capable of going ahead with the projects.