Vijayawada: The farmers of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) village on Saturday held a protest at the local CRDA office, demanding that the officials return the consent letters that they have given earlier. The development, according to the villagers, was not because of the recent tour of the YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy or the Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. But, it was due to the failure of the government to ‘acquire’ the lands from those farmers who have refused to give their land in pooling.
Nowluru ryots stage protest at CRDA office
Seek to withdraw their nod for land takeover
Fear of land acquisition act made them give nod
They were also afraid of losing compensation
But, govt failure to invoke land act on unwilling farmers emboldens them
The farmers of Nowluru village of Mangalagiri mandal went to the local CRDA office in the village on Saturday evening and asked the officials that their consent letters be returned. Shocked at the demand, the officials said that they have no powers to return the letters. The farmers were irked at the reply and raised slogans against the officials for not returning their letters. As the farmers held protest inside the office, the officials available there advised them to approach the senior officials including the CRDA commissioner or the Guntur district Collector
“We have given the consent letters only due to fear of the government invoking the Land Acquisition Act and depositing the compensation in the banks. We have given the letters after February 25, when the government had set the deadline. We were scared of losing both the land and the compensation too. So we have given the letters,” Vasantha Rao said. He further added that he had lost one acre of land 30 years ago when the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) acquired lands for township.