Farmers’ delegation urges CM to stop additional land acquisition for MRPL
Mangaluru, 10 Feb 2017: A farmers’ delegation led by social activist Vidya Dinkar met Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday in Bengaluru and urged him to stop 1111 acre land acquition plan for MRPL and Mangalore Special Economic Zone immediately.
The members of the deleagtion informed the chief minister at his office in the Vidhana Soudha that, earlier, BS Yeddyurappa government had notified to acquire 2035 acres of land and following the objections from the farmers the government had returned farmers’ land to them after denotification. However, at present this government is pressuring the farmers to leave their agriculture land.
The delegation informed the chief minister that MRPL at present owns additional land acquired from the farmers. Around 800 acres of land has remained unutilised which was acquired by KIADB for JESCO. Also, a major portion of land acquired for MSEJZ has also remained unutilised. Therefore, the government has to focus on the issue as the company is trying to make real estate business in the area by acquiring farmers’ precious land.
Responding to the request made by the farmers’ the chief minister assured them that he would call a separate meeting of the farmers soon as for the time being he is busy with legislative assembly session.