In November 2018, farmers from nine tehsils in Khammam district in Telangana--Khammam Urban, Chintakani, Thallada, Konijerla, Wyra, Penuballi, Kallur, Vemsoor and Sattupalli--protested at the District Collectorate office in Khammam against the proposed Khammam-Devarapalli greenfield national highway project fearing acquisition of agricultural land. They demanded that the government should instead upgrade the existing 100ft Khammam-Aswaraopet state highway to national highway, which will benefit everyone without affecting agricultural productivity or displacing farmers. The farmers have warned the state of escalating their protest if it makes any attempt to acquire land for the project. The Khammam-Devarapalli greenfield national highway is a pet project of the Telangana government. However, it has not begun the land acquisition process until now, although some people believe the government would do so after the general elections are over. The project, which was proposed in 2016, aims to reduce the distance between Rajamahendravaram in Andhra Pradesh and Khammam in Telangana from 220km to 197km, improving the connectivity between remote areas in the two states.
Demand/Contention of the Affected Community
Refusal to give up land for the project
Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:
Telangana government , National Highways Authority of India
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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Telangana Rythu Sangam , Communist Party of India, Congress Party
Legislations Involved in the Conflict:
Land Acquisition Laws
Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:
Name(s) of Court(s)
High Court of Telangana
Nature of Protest
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Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
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