Vijayawada: As the things are slowly settling down in the capital city, the state government has switched gears and expanded the wings of the controversial Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) to Gannavaram airport area. The government has decided to take over nearly 1230 acres of land for airport expansion through LPS.

All the farmers, who will be ready to part their land, will get developed plots in the capital city area, Amaravati. The government rolled out the scheme to airport area as it would not require any monies to take over land. The government might have to spare about 307 acres of land for allocation as compensation to the oustees in Amaravati city.

Since there is no riverbank area in Gannavaram, LPS compensation has been fixed on par with the dry lands of the Capital City area. While the patta, endowment, waqk land owners will get 1000sft of residential and 200 sft of commerical developed plots in capital city area, the assigned land owners would get 800sft and 200 sft respectively.

Annual lease compensation of Rs.50000 would be paid for 10 years. All the local agriculture labourers would get social security pension of Rs 2500 per month. “Land Pooling Ownership Certificate (LPOC) will be given to the farmers who gave their consent to LPC within nine months of the scheme came into force,” said Nuzvid sub-collector G Lakshmisha, who is competent authority for LPS in Gananvaram area. He said that one-time settlement of agriculture loan up to Rs.1.5 lakh would also be implemented.

Soon after getting a go-ahead from the state government, Sub-collector issued notification on Sunday. As per the notification, the government will take over 1230 acres from 11 villages-Ajjampudi, Allapuram,Budhavaram, ChinaAvutupalli, Gannavaram, Jakkula Nekkalam, Purushotham Patnam, Keserapalle, VN Puram, Peda Avutupalli and Atkur-in the neighbourhood of the existing airport. The airport expansion has been a contentious issue for the past several years as the local farmers have been resisting the attempts of the authorities when they try to acquire the land through the Act.

In fact, the previous Congress had released about Rs.200 crore exclusively for land acquisition as the airport authorities have been pressing for allocation of at least 400 acres of additional land. The airport authorities are seeking additional land to expand the runway, creation of passenger emenities and additional parking lots.

The Gannavaram airport expansion assumed significance after the bifurcation of the state and location of the capital city near Vijayawada. With entire capital city related air traffic depending on Gannavaram airport, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wanted that the airport be expanded on war footing basis. The initial attempts of TDP government to prevail upon the farmers too have failed as the ryoths refused to accept LPS and demanded payment of cash compensation under new land acquisition Act.

Local legislator Vamsi of TDP too had backed the farmers and negotiated with the chief minsiter for payment of better compensation as all those farmers losing the land are small and marginal farmers. However, the government refused to go for acquisition of land as the book value of land too is considered very high. Sources said that land rates in Gannavaram area are hovering around Rs.2-3 crore per acre while the book value is around Rs.40 lakh per acre. Since the new land acquisition Act prescribed payment of 2-4 times of the actual value as compensation, government quickly moved to LPS mode.
Source: TOI-Hyd