Is it easy to return the lands in Amaravati?
The Jaganmohan Reddy government appears to be planning to return the lands to the farmers in the Capital, Amaravati villages.
The previous TDP government had taken 33,000 acres of lands from the farmers for the capital in the last four years – some gave their lands voluntarily and some were taken by force.
Having decided to keep Amaravati as just a legislative capital, with just Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council holding its meetings, the government does not require 33,000 acres of the private lands and 25,000 acres of the government land.
Legislative capital, thus would be busy only for the budget session, winter session, summer session and monsoon session every year. If the government is liberal, each session might continue for 20 to 25 working days.After these sessions, the legislative capital would be deserted and there would be no one except the watchmen and the sanitation staff, besides a few security personnel.
If the government, thus limits its activity in Amaravati and decides to return the rest of the lands to the owners, it is not going to be an easy task.
Hundreds and thousands of government employees worked for four years to complete the process of land pooling. The ownership of these lands were transferred to the CRDA and from it to some private and government companies. It is not going to be easy, both physically and legally for the government to return the lands and restore the ownership.
The boundaries of majority of the lands were destroyed. Even the original owners of these lands will not be able to identify their lands now.
If Jagan wants to return these lands to their owners, he would end up spending all his five years in this exercise, as Chandrababu Naidu spent his four years in taking those lands.