Machilipatnam: YSR Congress Party and leaders of Left parties, including CPI and CPM, today demanded immediate withdrawal of Andhra Pradesh government’s notification for land pooling for the proposed Machilipatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (MPIC).
YSR Congress and leaders of the Left parties made this demand during their joint meeting held here.
“It is a ploy on the part of the government to release different figures about the required land to confuse the farmers,” the leaders alleged.
“First, the Information & Public Relations Minister announced to acquire 1.05 lakh acres through land pooling for Machilipatnam port and other development works. Later, local MLA and BC Welfare minister Ravindra said only 36,559 acres of land is required both for the proposed Machilipatnam deep water port and industrial corridor. But we are against the government decision as the villagers won’t part with their lands,” YSR Congress Party leader EX-MLA Perni Venkataramaiah said.
The leaders warned of launching an agitation against the land acquisition notification.
The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday released a notification to acquire land for Machilipatnam deep water port and industrial corridor through land pooling scheme.
The scheme known as the Machilipatnam Area Development Land Pooling Scheme (Formulation and Implementation) Rules 2016, which was issued by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development department.