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Despite tall claims, Satyavedu witnesses no development

Despite tall claims, Satyavedu witnesses no development
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Development is a far cry in Satyavedu, a far-flung constituency on the eastern side of Chittoor district, as the world class roads and infrastructure, rapid industrial progress and the much boasted about development is just getting centralised with all just happening only \'inside\' the Sri City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Satyavedu along the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border.

Displaced farmers working as contract labourers, security guards

Tirupati: Development is a far cry in Satyavedu, a far-flung constituency on the eastern side of Chittoor district, as the world class roads and infrastructure, rapid industrial progress and the much boasted about development is just getting centralised with all just happening only 'inside' the Sri City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Satyavedu along the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border.


Although the AP government had announced that the Satyavedu constituency would undergo a major transformation in terms of development, creation of jobs, etc., ahead of acquisition of thousands of acres in 16 villages in the mandals of Varadaiahpalem, Satyavedu and in Tada mandal (Nellore district) for the Sri City SEZ, years after the Sri City SEZ became functional, what has emerged is the fact that it definitely is not so ‘Special Economic zone’ from the perspective of the farming community and the locals, according to CPM leader Kandarapu Murali.


“Sky was promised to the local farmers to part with their land when the Sri City SEZ was announced. Farmers who got displaced subsequent to the land acquisition for the SEZ never got the jobs they were promised. What is more agonising is the fact that while thousands of acres were acquired for the SEZ, not even 12 farmers got decent jobs in the SEZ”, alleged the CPM leader.


Though some of the farmers got sizeable compensation, poor financial planning made the unlettered people spend the 'sudden money' on luxury, which vanished in no time. Many families are now dependent on insignificant professions for their livelihood. Another CPM leader Kumar Reddy alleged that most of the families who parted with their lands for the SEZ were literally deprived of their livelihood.


“The displaced did not get the promised jobs and are forced to work as contract labourers or security guards, guarding the factories in the same lands they parted with,” he added. As such the presence of Sri City, the State’s lone functional SEZ, which houses several MNCs and industries spread over 100 sq km which boasts of the best of infrastructure and the world famous Kalki Bhagawan’s ‘Oneness Temple’ located on one side of the constituency, means nothing to the people here who are still suffering from extreme underdevelopment, un-motorable roads, unemployment and poverty coupled with un-addressed civic issues.

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