Roadblock to four-laning as ryots reject Govt of

December 3, 2009

VIJAYAWADA: The much-awaited widening of Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway No.9 project is likely to be delayed for another three to four months as farmers on either side of the highway are not agreeing to part with their land.

The GMR Infrastructure Ltd has bagged the 181-km long road project worth of Rs 1,200 crore on a BOT basis through international competitive bidding and its works are scheduled to begin in January, 2010 after completion of the land acquisition process by Dec, 2009.

However, with the Government intending to acquire land at half its market value, many farmers are not interested in handing over their valuable land for the expansion work.

The 181-km four-laning work on Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway would be taken up from 40th km near Malkapuram in Nalgonda district to 221-km mark at Nandigama in Krishna district. For this, a total of 1,053 hectares land would be required in 53 villages in Nalgonda district and 13 in Krishna district.

According to a senior officer in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the Government which is scheduled to complete the land acquisition process by the first week of December, has so far acquired not even 50 percent of land from the total of 1,053 hectares.When revenue authorities visited the land to be acquired at Nakirekal and Chityala in Nalgonda district and Jaggayyapet in Krishna district some days ago, they experienced a stiff resistance from landowners.

According to local people, the market rate of land in the villages surrounding Nandigama is Rs 15 lakh per acre and Rs 20 lakh per acre in Nandigama town. However, the Government is willing to acquire the land by paying amounts not exceeding Rs 6 lakh per acre.


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