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HC refuses stay on Kaleshwaram works; Reprieve to Govt

In a major reprieve for the TRS government, the Hyderabad High Court today dismissed a petition filed against Kaleshwaram project works, paving way for land acquisition process.

Hearing the case on Saturday, Justice Shamim Akthar refused to grant stay on the project works. The State government submitted to the court that the land acquisition has been done for completion of the project by providing necessary compensation.

Advocate General Ramachandra Rao informed the court that the land acquisition was meant for completing the projects to irrigate lakhs of acres. He also argued that the government was ready to pay suitable compensation and set aside Rs 19 crore for the purpose. Stating that land was not acquired forcibly, he said the Government has taken every step to reduce the loss of land or submergence due to acquisition.

The petitioner Venkat Reddy urged the court to stop the project works by granting a stay as the State government was forcibly acquiring the lands from people. The government has acquired 240 acres in Golivada village for Sundilla barrage under 2013 Land Acquisition Act so far for the project works. The Advocate General also informed the court that the State government has deposited Rs 19 crore for payment of compensation to the victims in this regard. (NSS)