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Andhra Pradesh farmers protest Polavaram project

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: June 18, 2015 | Updated on: Invalid date

Farmers challenge land acquisition for dam

Hyderabad High Court

Hyderabad High Court

Hyderabad: The farmers whose lands are likely to be acquired for the Polavaram project have  approached the Hyderabad High Court challenging the AP government notification issued under Section 11 (1) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land  Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.
The AP government issued the notification proposing to acquire lands for the purpose of constructing the right main canal of Polavaram from 143.600 km to 144.340 km to transport the Godavari water through the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme to Krishna River.
A. Mohan Rao and other farmers of Krishna district contended that the government has no powers to issue such a notification under the Act as the Polavaram project has been declared a national project. They said the Centre has got exclusive jurisdiction over the project and there is no requisition or authorisation from it.
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