Officials continue enquiry with farmers objecting to green corridor project

The official machinery continued the enquiry with farmers of six villages who had raised objections to the acquisition of land and other properties for the Salem – Chennai green corridor project, in the second phase in Ayodhiyapattinam on Tuesday.

R. Sukumar, Competent Authority and Special District Revenue Officer (land acquisition), conducted the final enquiry on the objections raised by the farmers and other villagers under Section 3 C (1) of the National Highways Act 1956, after the officials from different departments listened to their grievances and explained the acquisition formalities to them.

A total of 203 pattadars of Achankuttapatti, Achankuttapattiputhur, Kuppanur and Aramanur, all under the the special land acquisition tahsildar No. 5, and Masanayakkanpatti and Ayodhiyapattinam, under the special tahsildar No. 3, had raised objections to the notice issued by the district administration for its proposal to acquire their lands and other properties.

Call letters were sent to all of them of which 106 pattadars attended the enquiry.

A section of people of Kuppanur, who came to attend the enquiry, staged a walkout protesting against the decision of the authorities to hold enquiry individually, instead of listening to their grievances en masse. They alleged that the authorities had undertaken the survey of their properties without providing any information to them and as such, the enquiry was only an eye wash.

Some of the villagers complained that they did not receive the call letters, but the officials clarified that letters were sent to all pattadars who had submitted petitions voicing their objections within 21 days of the publication of the notice.

The police allowed only one representative from each family and this too came in for criticism. Some of them argued with the police to allow all the family members.

Some of the pattadars demanded more compensation and also adequate land nearby for their resettlement.

Meanwhile, the officials continued the second phase of survey of land to be acquired and the names of pattadars in Uthamacholapuram for the last two days.

Free house site pattas distributed

District Collector Rohini R. Bhajibhakare distributed free house site pattas to 17 residents of Achankuttapattiputhur and Achankuttapatti whose houses are to be acquired for the expressway project, at the Collectorate on Monday.

A statement from the Collector said that 33 houses would be affected in these two villages and the district administration had taken steps to provide free house site pattas to them.

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