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MLA Hebbalkar sets two-day deadline to reconsider decision to establish STP at Halaga

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Laxmi Hebbalkar, MLA, Belagavi Rural has warned of a protest against the State government if it does not cancel work on a sewage treatment plant in Halaga village in two days.

The Govt under police protection had acquired the fertile land and has already commenced work on the site.

Speaking to presspersons she said I am setting this deadline for the State government to reconsider its decision. If it goes ahead with the project, I will take to the streets along with the affected farmers. The STP should be set up on barren land and not on fertile land.

The government should follow the model of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerji and return the land to farmers. Otherwise, it should at least increase the compensation, she further added.

stp-protestShe alleged that the government had released Rs. 13 lakh per acre for non-fertile land acquired in 2008 but fixed only Rs. 3 lakh per acre for the Halaga lands acquired in 2009.

An STP for Belagavi has been pending for over three decades. The district administration acquired 19 acres of land in Halaga for the STP in 2009-2010. The land has been transferred to the Belagavi city corporation.

Revenue officials say farmers losing land have received Rs. 3 lakh per acre as compensation. Some farmers who had approached the court against the land acquisition have not succeeded.

Source: The Hindu

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