AP Farmers Give Land for Highway Expansion After Government Pays Revised Compensation

Reported by

Rahul MagantiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 14, 2020

Location of Conflict

Penamaluru

,

Kankipada mandal

Krishna

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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)

People Affected by Conflict

5000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

0

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State

Andhra Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

The Vijayawada-Machilipatnam National Highway expansion project was proposed in 2009. The initial plan was to expand the existing road, which passes through three towns and eight villages in Vijayawada and Machilipatnam cities, to connect it to the upcoming port of Machilipatnam. The plan involved the demolition of several houses along the road, which led to protests in 2018. Hundreds of traders and building owners were estimated to incur losses due to the demolition. According to them, only one notification was given to acquire land in six villages. There was also variation in the compensation amount promised. Land owners of four villages were promised less compensation than the market rate. They demanded that they should be given a suitable amount as per the LARR Act, 2013. Following the protests, a new plan was introduced, which proposed that the highway pass through agricultural land rather than settlements.
In March 2019, the families that feared demolition of their houses were relieved as they would now be compensated for the agricultural land lost. The farmers were finally paid compensation amounting to a total of INR 500 crore from the initial estimate of INR 83.01 crore. This was after the farmers protested, laying down the condition that agricultural land could be acquired only with fair compensation. The families who feared demolition are comforted now that their demands have been fulfilled and their worries addressed by the government. The NH-68 expansion project is nearing completion.

Region Classification

Urban and Rural

Type of Land

Both

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land), Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1134

Type of investment:

Revised Investment

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

0

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Starting Year

2015

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

March 2019

Why did the conflict end?

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