Once the state government begins the process of allocation of developed plots through lottery system to the farmers, who gave away their lands for the capital city of Amaravati, the latter will truly become landless, as they will lose the rights on their land and they don’t physically own the developed plot. Though the farmers gave away their lands under land pooling scheme, several months ago, the transactions on the lands have been going on unhindered, with the government permission. A farmer, who gave away his land, is allowed to sell it and the new owner is entitled to benefits like developed plot and commercial plot in lieu of the agriculture land.
After allocation of plots, i.e., 1,000 sq yards of residential and 250 sq yards of commercial plots per acre in case of drylands and 1,000 sq yards of residential and 450 sq yards of commercial plots per acre in case of wetlands, such transfer of ownership is effectively curtailed. “The registration of lands is not happening anymore in the capital region and will not happen till the actual layout of the plots is prepared. The plot will be in possession of the beneficiary physically only if there are necessary certificates,” said A Siva Rama Krishnaiah, a farmer from Mandadam.
When contacted, CRDA special grade deputy collector BL Chennakesava Rao, who has been posted at Thullur, confirmed that farmers will not be able to do any transaction over the plots being allotted to them now, after they get possession of the same. “Once the plot is allotted randomly by a computer-based lottery system, based on the size and category, a provisional allotment letter will be given. However, only after the layout is prepared, the survey stones are installed and land pooling ownership certificate will not be issued. Without the certificate, any kind of transaction pertaining to the land being allotted will stand void,” he explained.
Though the officials claim that layout and other related issues will be taken care of in a month, source say, it will take at least three months for the plot owner to actually have the land in his possession and will take more time before he can make any transactions on the site. In other words, the farmer will be truly landless for some 3-4 months. “Even if we get the plot, we may not be able to dispose it immediately, since its value will be far less than the land we gave away to the government for capital construction. The promised development of the plot will only happen after two years,” Sivarama Krishnaiah pointed out.