Warangal: The public hearing of the Pollution Control Board for the Kaleshwaram project was held without incident here here on Saturday.
Police checkpoints were set up on roads to keep an eye out for troublemakers. With the earlier public hearing meetings held recently in Peddapalli resulting in chaos, the police had brought in additional forces to ensure peace.
About 3,000 farmers from mandals across the Jayashankar Bhupalapalli district who will be affected by the project attended the hearing along with local TRS, TD, Congress and YSRC leaders. The hearing was chaired by collector Akunuri Murali.
Farmers who stand to lose their land due to the project demanded compensation at the rate of Rs 13.5 lakh per acre, on par with the farmers of Goliwada in Ramagundam.
Some farmers opined that it would be better if the officials arranged the public hearing in areas affected by the project. They asked the officials to take the opinion of the people living in areas close to the project site.
Congress leaders demanded that the government make the detailed project report transparent so that the people could understand the work better....