The proposed greenfield Vizag international airport project at Bhogapuram seems to be headed for turbulence even take-off, with people from nearly 16 panchayats up in arms against the state government's high flying plans.BHOGAPURAM (Vizianagaram): The proposed greenfield Vizag international airport project at Bhogapuram seems to be headed for turbulence even take-off, with people from nearly 16 panchayats up in arms against the state government's high flying plans.
Some of the leaders of the protesters are already planning to rope in environmental activist Medha Patkar, who is expected to visit Bhogapuram in a week or two, sources said.Even as the agitators are gearing up for the massive protest, cops have already issued a warning that those blocking the national highway would be arrested, sources said.According to sources, the protesters have already decided not to allow any government official into their villages and some officials, including DRDA project director Delhi Rao, DWMA PD Prasanthi and tehsildar Lakshma Reddy had a first-hand experience of the villagers' hostility when they reviewed the land acquisition process at the tehsildar office on Wednesday.They had a bitter experience at Chakivalasa village when they tried to interact with the villagers, who vehemently voiced their opposition to the government's decision and raised slogals like 'Don't want Airport and Go Back' forcing the officials to beat a hasty retreat."They have not told us how much land they will take from each village.
The entire mandal of Bhogapuram has 28,000 acres, of which they are planning to aquire 15,000 plus acres. ' asked former agricultural marketing committee chairman Uppada Suryanarayana of Congress.
Sources pointed out that each acre of farmland costs anywhere from Rs 30 lakh to a maximum of Rs 1.20 crore if the land is located very near to NH-16 and following the low prices being offered by the Naidu government to farmers in the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in the capital region not too many farmers are interested in giving up their lands for the project.
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The government is learnt to have already assigned the land acquisition job to four deputy collector rank officers, 12 tehsildars and 25 deputy tehsildars led by DRDA PD Delhi Rao and other officials.
The government plans to acquire land from A Ravivalasa, Gudepuvalasa, Chepalakancheru, Kouluwada, Tudem, Basavapalli, Mujeru, Chakivalasa, Kongavanipalem, and some part of the Bhogapuram village.
The mandal, which has a population of around 55,000, is mainly dependent on agriculture.