Maddur (MAD): Extending his support to farmers who lost their land to the Bangalore-Mysore railway track doubling project, K.S. Puttannaiah, MLA, on Saturday urged the authorities concerned to immediately issue compensation to farmers.
The farmers, demanding compensation for their land, have been on protest for the past 22 days; they have been cooking food on the tracks near Shimsha Bridge in Maddur. The district administration had acquired several acres of fertile land for the project several years back; however, the compensation has not yet reached the land-losers.
Mr. Puttannaiah, also a Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) leader, participated in the protest on Saturday.
He severely criticised the Mandya district administration and the railway authorities for not issuing compensation to those who gave up their land. The Melkote MLA urged authorities to fix the compensation amount. “The government should give at least Rs. 4 crore per acre for the land from farmers,” he felt. The government and the departments concerned should issue compensation on the spot to farmers, and also commend them for giving up their farmland, Mr. Puttannaiah said.
Meanwhile, KRRS leaders and farmers have decided to continue their protest, as the authorities have failed to release compensation. Mandya Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah and other officials had recently promised to release compensation by December 27, but did not make good on that promise, said Konasale Narasaraju, KRRS district president.
Among those who led the protest were KRRS leaders Sitaram, Ramakrishna, Indu Kumar, Sujatha, Savitramma, Shanthamma, Ramalingu, Srinivas, Suresh and Ashok.
- Farmers have been agitating near Shimsha Bridge, Maddur, for 22 days
- ‘Officials had promised to release compensation by December 27’