Vijayawada: Development at the cost of the poor and the innocent people living in islands in West Godavari and Amaravati areas in the State was not good for AP, actor and Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan said on Sunday.
Taking to twitter, the actor criticised the State government, particularly the way it had been taking away lands from tribal and poor people for the development of two prominent projects including construction of Amaravati city and Polavaram project.
“Without taking the consent of the affected villagers the government turned 207 acre of land into a dumping yard at Mulalanka, a place very near to the ongoing Polavaram project. The public representatives have to explain how it is justice,” he tweeted.
He also criticised TDP Narasaraopet Lok Sabha member Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and also questioned the integrity of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Pawan tweeted, “TDP MP Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao’s own company Transstroy has turned the farmers land into dumping yard without even thinking that how would people react. But, it could not understandable that the government did not take action against this, despite of conducting reviews on its progress every month”.
“Are the farmers not their relatives… or, would it effect interests of contractor? The farmers have been asking compensation, since they did not have any option except this. But the government harassing them by lodging cases. It is not good. Do justice to them, at least now,” he said.
“The SCs and STs at Amaravati region are also expressing displeasure over the compensation being paid. They worried that they were discriminated in paying compensation. This is not good for society,” the Jana Sena chief added. Pawan stated that the government did not even explain to the farmers that what it would do with the lands at Amaravati. “The lands at the river area should not be taken for any development activity. It is not clear whether government took permission from Green Tribunal or not. Government has to explain to at least farmers that what it would do with these lands,” he said.
“The government has to give equal compensation to all the farmers without making any discrimination like Patta lands, Lanka lands and others. If there would be no construction activity taking place, then it has to return the lands to the farmers, which is Janasena’s demand,” the actor said.