Bridges cleared for the Midhani aluminum alloy plant in Nellore
NELLORE: The sustained efforts of the tax authorities and APIIC put an end to the land compensation problems that had delayed the Midhani aluminum alloy plant project in association with Nalco (National Aluminum Corporation), spread over 110 acres in Bodduvaripalem near Nellore.
Incidentally, this is the first defense manufacturing plant for Mishra Dhatu Nigam (Midhani) outside of Hyderabad and the organization is expected to invest 2,000 rupees in the facility, which has vast employment potential. .
While 57.14 acres are government land, the rest belonged to the Cooperative Joint Farming Society (CJFS). CJFS land was allocated to the landless poor (one acre per beneficiary) free of charge for cultivation in the 1980s, but the land was taken over in 2010 because none of the beneficiaries used the land.
However, the government again ceded the land after 2013 at a rate of 60 cents per capita to former beneficiaries and a few more eligible people.
In 2017, in an effort to allocate the necessary land to Midhani, APIIC paid compensation of Rs 10 lakh per acre of CJFS land, although the market value was only Rs 4 lakh. During this time, the assignees initially received Rs 10 lakh per acre, but started charging Rs 56 lakh per acre citing the amount paid for the land acquired for the Coca-Cola unit in the neighborhood.
In fact, they hampered the construction of the perimeter wall, when Midhani started the work and moved the High Court to meet their demand.
In this context, Industry Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy, a team of revenue officers led by SPSR district collector Nellore KVN Chakradhar Babu, officials from Midhani and APIIC negotiated with those involved in the litigation and convinced them to accept a single settlement of Rs 4 lakh per petitioner as a final settlement.
Expressing satisfaction with the outcome of deliberations with CJFS members, Chakradhar Babu said that a public hearing was held on April 15 and that they were awaiting environmental clearance and CFE (Establishment Consent) for the project.
Goutham Reddy said the bridges were cleared so Midhani could resume construction work. He thanked Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and DRDO President G. Satheesh Reddy for their support.