Land acquisition policy to ensure rehabilitation
Kochi: Kerala government would soon formulate a land acquisition policy to ensure that those surrendering their land for development projects are rehabilitated and adequately compensated before being evicted, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Thursday.
Speaking at a function here to provide compensation to some of those evicted from nearby Moolampilly, he said the government also planned to include such evictees as beneficiaries of the project.
"The evictees need not surrender their land before getting proper compensation and rehabilitation," Chandy said.
After nearly two years of agitations, the government had decided to pay compensation to 326 families evicted from their land from Moolampilly to lay rail-road link for the Rs 3,000 crore international container transhipment project at Vallarpadam.
A total of 299 families would be first paid compensation and 27 others who had filed cases against the government would be compensated after they withdraw the cases, he said.
The UDF government had last week approved the rehabilitation package for evictees according to which a total compensation of Rs 4.47 crore would be paid to them.
They would also be paid rent arrears for 27 months at the rate of Rs 5,000 per family. Each family would also be paid Rs 75,000 for piling work of their new homes and be reimbursed 12 percent tax earlier deducted from their compensation amount.
Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs KV Thomas and Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan were also present.
Vallarpadom project is India's first Greenfield transshipment project.