Karnataka minister says there is no forced acquisition of farmland for industrial purposes

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Seeking to allay farmers’ apprehensions over land acquisition, Karnataka Minister Murugesh Nirani on Thursday asserted that the state government would not forcibly acquire their land to set up industrial projects.

Devanahalli farmers along with some public officials on Thursday called on Nirani, who holds the portfolio of large and medium industries, to impress him not to acquire their land by force.

“Nirani told the farmers that the government led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is pro-farmers and would never forcibly buy land from the farmers,” read a statement released by his office.

He added that farmers feared that the lands of 13 villages in Channarayapatna Hobli, Devenahalli taluk would be acquired by the government.

However, the minister assured that the Karnataka Industrial Estates Development Board (KIADB) would only go for the acquisition of consent and not indulge in a drastic method.

Commenting on several farmers, who met with him last week, urging the state government to acquire land and provide proper compensation, Nirani said that “farmers whose land has been acquired will receive proper compensation within the 90 days following acquisition”. statement, KIADB has planned to acquire 1,777 acres of land at Channarayapatna near Devanahalli.

While one section of farmers is asking KIADB to acquire land and provide proper compensation, another section opposes it, he added.

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