Landowners, residents protest KIADB’s acquisition for MRPL expansion

Krishi Bhoomi Samrakshana Samithi, an association of landowners, possession holders, agricultural labourers and other residents of Permude, Kuthethoor, Thenka Yekkar and Delantha Bettu villages in Mangaluru will intensify their fight against their land acquired by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB).

Speaking to media persons in Mangaluru on Monday, Samithi president Madhukar Amin said the state government, through KIADB, had gone ahead with its land acquisition procedures to procure 1,011 acres of land in the villages to expand Phase IV of Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Limited. In the process, the state had been ignoring opposition of it from landowners and other residents of the area. The Samithi along with likeminded organisations will launch a protest as well as initiate a legal fight against the land acquisition.

“We have already held discussions with legal experts to commence a legal battle against the land acquisition. It was in November 2015 – more than 13 months before the notification – that the landowners and other villagers submitted objections to the government over the proposal. Since then, we have been constantly demanding a fair chance to be heard through a public debate or discussion in this regard. This is an attempt to forcibly snatch fertile lands of farmers for the project,” he said.

The joint Grama Sabha of Permude and Kuthethoor villages held on January 11 adopted a unanimous resolution to oppose the land acquisition. Similar resolutions made in the past before the bringing out of the preliminary notification, have been officially conveyed to the government. After Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 came into force, any land acquired by KIADB or the state government has to be in compliance with the Act, and has to necessarily follow procedures of Land Acquisition Rules of 2015

“We demand with the government and its representatives stop the land acquisition process immediately. We will otherwise be forced to agitate and fight through all available democratic means till the notification is withdrawn and the lands set free for us,” he warned.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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