Farmers in capital may have to wait till December to get plots

Thullur: Notwithstanding the euphoria surrounding beginning of the plots allotment process in the capital city area, the officials said that it would take another three to four weeks for the farmers to take possession of their sites. While the farmers of Nelapadu, the first village to get the detailed layout of their plots on Monday, have to wait till the end of July for their plots, it is widely believed that the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) may not be able to complete the process of handing over the plots to all the 20,000 farmers any time before December.
Meanwhile, the officials of CRDA convened an awareness meeting for the farmers of Nelapadu here on Sunday and appealed to all of them to attend Monday’s draw of lots. Additional director of CRDA B L Chennakesava Rao said that the process would be put on hold if the attendance is less than 25 per cent of the total farmers of the village. Nearly 700 farmers had parted with their land for capital city construction in Nelapadu village.
According to officials, the layout of Nelapadu village consists of nearly 1,240 plots including 57 villa plots with an extent of over 2,000 sq.yards. Nearly 1,000 acres of land in the village has been spared for roads, drains, parks and other civic amenities in the layout. While the farmers who opted for villa plots would be given adjacent plots, the others have to check their luck in the draw of lots which would be organised through a software specially designed to finalise the layout.
“The farmers will be given their plot numbers after the draw of lots. The actual handing over of the plots will take another three weeks as we have to complete the registration of land and marking of the plots,” Chennakesava Rao told the farmers. He, however, promised to complete the process as early as possible.
Interestingly, the CRDA is yet to announce the timetable for conducting the draw of lots for the other 28 villages in the capital city. Keeping in view the statewide Eruvaka programme scheduled to be launched on Monday morning, the draw of lots is scheduled at 4 pm. Agriculture minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, municipal minister P Narayana and all top officials of CRDA are expected to take part in the programme.