About a decade ago Gouravelli Reservoir was proposed with a capacity of 1.4 tmcft at this area and the government acquired some 1,800 acres of land from farmers of Gudatipally village in Akkannapet mandal in Siddipet district. The village has some 1,000 families.
As part of redesigning irrigation projects in the State, the government increased the capacity of proposed Gouravelli reservoir to 8.23 tmcft and acquired an additional 2,000 acres from the farmers of Gudatipally and surrounding villages.
After the first land acquisition in 2009-10, a gazette notification was issued by Karimnagar district officials on July 6, 2016, notifying the persons who would be displaced by the project. While the government notification has the names of 937 families, details of another 59 families were missing from the list. Now, these families are fighting for compensation along with others.
Sarpanch verifies claims
“We are residents of Gudatipally and our village is getting submerged under the proposed Gouravelli reservoir. Though a list was notified in 2016 with names of 937 families, the names of 59 families, who would be losing their land due to construction of the project, went missing. Please include them also in the list and extend benefits to them,” urged the villagers in a memorandum submitted to the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) of Husnabad. The memorandum was submitted on April 20 with the list of the 59 families. It was submitted on the letterhead of village panchayat office signed by sarpanch Baddam Raji Reddy endorsing the land oustees’ veracity.
This is not the first time that the oustees are knocking the doors of officials seeking justice. In the past too they had made several representations. “Officials at the RDO office referred the issue to the Collector. So far there has been no response from the district administration,” Mr. Reddy told The Hindu.