Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Build airport on our tombs: villagers

Vizianagaram: “Build the airport on our tombs,” reads a banner tied at Gudepuvalasa in Bhogapuram mandal, bringing to the fore the villagers’ stiff opposition to the international airport planned in an extent of 5,311 acres.

Of the total extent of land, 4,478.77acres will be acquired in three gram panchayats (Gudepuvalasa 1,604.55 acres, Kavulavada - 1,567.82 acres and Kancheru - 1,306.40 acres).The remaining 832.23 acres will be acquired from farmers of six other panchayats - Ravada, Munjeru, Kongavanipalem, Kancherupalem, A. Ravivalasa and Savaravilli panchayats. The notification was published on September 1.

Fearing that Gudepuvalasa, Kavulavada and Kancheru will be wiped out, the villagers, particularly women, are leading the agitation under the aegis of Airport Vythirekha Porata Sangham and have been observing relay fasts in groups. They said they would fight till their last breath to save their land.

A housewife, Pandrapu Lakshmi Narayanamma, who owns half-an-acre and an unfinished house at Gudepuvalasa, said: “We have lost our peace of mind since the notification was published. We voted for the TDP and never anticipated any additional favour from it. I appeal to the Chief Minister not to trouble us.”
23/09/15 The Hindu
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