Farmers in Telangana's Khammam District Oppose National Highway Project

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Shivam MoghaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

November 22, 2020

Location of Conflict

Khammam

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Khammam

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1012

ha

State

Telangana

Sector

Infrastructure

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.

Region Classification

Urban and Rural

Type of Land

Private

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

942

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

1012

ha

Starting Year

2018

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Telangana government , National Highways Authority of India

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Telangana Rythu Sangam , Communist Party of India, Congress Party

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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