Farmers and landowners in Boovanahalli village in Karnatakas Tumkur district have opposed the price quoted by officers of the district administration as compensation for the Hassan airport project, which is a joint venture between the Government of Karnataka and Jupiter Aviation Pvt. Ltd. The project was proposed by former Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in 2006-07. At a meeting between the farmers and the district administration on July 17, 2018, the farmers said they would give up their land for the airport only if the airport authorities provide employment to the local people and pay Rs 2 crore per acre as compensation. The district officials offered them a maximum compensation of Rs 32 lakh per acre. They claim that some qualified youths from the village wanted to apply for jobs at the airport but were denied entry by the airport authority. The district authority had acquired 536 acres of land near Boovanahalli on the outskirts of the city in 2007 and handed it over to Jupiter Aviation. The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board needs additional 189 acres for the project. When Land Conflict Watch (LCW) approached Special Land Acquisition Officer Arun Kumar for comments on the issue, he said, I will not be able to share any information since I am not the concerned officer anymore. LCW then tried to contact another Special Land Acquisition Officer Suresh Kumar, who said, I have recently joined the post. I am not aware of the issue.
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