Government issues notices amid protests on land acquisition for Metro Rail

Government issues notices amid protests on land acquisition for  Metro Rail
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The state government is marching ahead with land acquisition for Metro Rail even though land owners are unwilling to give their assets in the city. The land acquisition works gained momentum immediately after B Lakshmi Kantham taking charge as Krishna District Collector.

Vijayawada: The state government is marching ahead with land acquisition for Metro Rail even though land owners are unwilling to give their assets in the city. The land acquisition works gained momentum immediately after B Lakshmi Kantham taking charge as Krishna District Collector.

According to Nidamanuru Farmers’ Welfare Association treasurer S Nancharaiah, the government has filed a caveat and subsequently issued notices to groups of land owners for land acquisition. The government move shocked the owners who are yet to decide their future course of action.

Meanwhile, the government faced opposition from the land owners wherever it conducted grama sabha meetings. Tension prevailed at meetings conducted for land owners in Poranki, Kanuru, Bandar Road and Eluru Road. The land owners in these villages requested officials not to acquire land in their villages.

Some of them questioned why the land acquisition spots for building Metro Rail stations had been changed. Now the government was preferring land near areas covered with buildings and residential areas. At meetings conducted for owners of Bandar Road and Eluru Road where land needed for constructing Metro Stations, protests against acquisition were noticed.

While Bandar Road land owners protested against the Metro Rail, Eluru Road land owners wanted the officials to change their plan to cover Sambamurthy Road instead of acquiring their localities. The meetings held during the past one week reflected the opposition of land owners to the Metro Rail. At Nidamanuru village, the Metro Rail is planning a coach depot for which it needed a minimum of 60 acres.

The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) bears 60 per cent of the cost of the project for which it approached many foreign funding agencies such as AFD of France and KFW of Germany. Twenty per cent each of the project cost will be provided by the State and Central governments. The project roughly requires Rs 7,000 crore.

Two corridors are coming up under Metro Rail project for which tenders were called and works were assigned. While one corridor connects Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) and Penamaluru, the other would be laid from PNBS to Nidamanuru. The first corridor will have 12 stations and the latter will have 13 stations.

Works relating to the corridors might begin soon and would take four years for completion. According to official estimates, the rail project in the two corridors requires 75 acres which includes 15 acres within the city on Bandar Road and Eluru Road for the construction of stations.

By Noor Shaik

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