More than 700 farmers in Gulbarga district in Karnataka have been fighting for the last eight years to denotify a landacquisition notice.
In 2010, the stateowned Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) sent a notification to the farmers in Shekharaja, Pattappuram, Sindhagi, Taj Sultanpur and Keri Bhosga villages in the district to acquire their agricultural land of 2,229 acres for industrial purpose.
The farmers, along with the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, protested as they did not want to give up their residential and agricultural land for industrial purpose. Following the protest, the deputy commissioner of the region conducted a meeting and formed a team to verify the claims of the farmers about the notice of land acquisition.
The farmers approached the Karnataka High Court challenging the acquisition. The court agreed to the farmers request in 2015 to quash the preliminary notification.
Umakant Nidugundi, former president of Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, told Land Conflict Watch, Quashing the preliminary notification will not make it invalid unless the land acquisition order is denotified. If the government acquires fertile agricultural land for industrial purpose, the farmers in the affected villages will become destitute, and people will have to move to different cities for work. The agricultural output within Gulbarga will also be reduced.
KIADB acquires land from farmers in the state, which is then sold to industries that require land for projects. The farmers are not provided with any information about the projects for which their land is acquired.
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