HYDERABAD: In a bid to increase the pace of land acquisition process, the Telangana government has included four more Irrigation projects in the list of ‘exempted category’ from the applications of the provisions of Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2016.
The Telangana government issued orders exempting the irrigation projects Sadarmatt barrage, Jawahar Nettempadu Lift Irrigation scheme, Rollavagu tank, and Indiramma Flood Flow canal from the purview of chapter 2 and 3 under the Fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment Act), 2016.
chapter 2 of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, ensures that the state government conducts an investigation into the social impact and public purpose before starting the land acquisition process. Further, Chapter 3 of the same act, mandates the state government to ensure food security to the displaced people due to land acquisition.
An official familiar with the development said that the government has taken the step to speed up the land acquisition process and thereby, start the project work as soon as possible. The official added that with chapters 2 and 3 being exempted, there will not be a risk of escalation of project costs due to delay in starting the work.
The government has already exempted Sitarama Lift irrigation project, Kaleshwaram project, Pranahitha Project, Palamuru-Ranga Reddy lift irrigation scheme and Dindi project from the purview of chapters 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act.