TDP demands to return SEZ land to farmers

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today demanded that Andhra Pradesh Government return the land acquired from the farmers for setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the State. Briefing media over the party’s delegation visit to Kakinada SEZ, here, former Minister Kodela Sivaprasada Rao said originally 2,500 acres of land was proposed to be acquired for the Kakinada SEZ, but the government acquired nearly 10,000 acres from the farmers. The acquired land was proposed to be allotted to the ONGC, but a major chunk was allotted to an industrialist KV Rao and to the GMR Group, he pointed out. The police had been trying to suppress the agitation taken up by farmers affected due to the Kakinada SEZ, he alleged, adding the police had booked more than 450 cases against the agitating farmers. Party President N Chandrababu Naidu and other TDP leaders would participate in the agitation in Kakinada SEZ on April 20, the former Minister said. Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Council Dadi Veerabhadra Rao said Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was not serious over reviewing of the land allotments made in the name of SEZs. The State Government had been snatching away land from the poor farmers and giving them to the industries at throw prices, he alleged. Regarding Kakinada SEZ, he said the land was acquired from the farmers at a cost of Rs three lakh per acre, but the same was being sold to private companies for Rs 5 crore per acre.