Development issues

Anatomy of a land grab

Print edition : March 16, 2018

Leaders of farmers' resistance gather at Srirampuram village. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Barbed wire fences demarcating the lands acquired for KSEZ at Mulapet village in East Godavari district. In the distance is Pals Plush, a Chinese toy-manufacturing unit that began operations in January 2016, a full 10 years after the acquisition of land. This is the spot that N. Chandrababu Naidu ploughed symbolically in 2012. Photo: Kunal Shankar

The company has erected pillars and laid roads in the fields to demarcate its territory. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Chintapalli Lakshmanaswamy and Penumallu Subbi Reddy both sold their lands to KSEZ, but have gone back to cultivating them, as they have been lying unused for 10 years now. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Chintapalli Lakshmanaswamy and Penumallu Subbi Reddy both sold their lands to KSEZ, but have gone back to cultivating them, as they have been lying unused for 10 years now. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Chinta Suryanarayanamurthy in his four-hectare casuarina grove. He makes Rs.5 lakh a hectare every five years, which is a little over Rs.33,000 a month. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Ravi Satyanarayana is the lead petitioner in the Supreme Court case seeking annulling of the land acquisition. His family of seven brothers and three sisters collectively owned over 8 ha in Ravivaripadu village. Two of his brothers have given up their lands. The others, along with Satyanarayana, continue to cultivate their lands. Photo: Kunal Shankar

A close scrutiny of documents reveals a pattern of circumvention of procedures at every stage to favour the setting up of the Kakinada Special Economic Zone.

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