January 25, 2009

Compulsory Purchase

I am posting information about land in certain areas of Tiruvannamalai District that are currently slated for compulsory purchase and/or development. If you are in the process of buying land in any of these areas please check carefully before purchase.

Land for Industrialization

A 2,300-acre land parcel has been identified for acquisition by the State Industries Promotion Corp. of Tamil Nadu Ltd, or Sipcot, a government-owned entity. But Sipcot is now facing problems with some villagers protesting the proposed acquisition. Purchasing land for industrialization is not a problem limited to Tamil Nadu and in this respect there have been protests by farmers across the country in the past couple of years against setting up of industries on farm land.

The current dispute concerns land in nine villages of Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram Districts, at which place land owners are still protesting even as Sipcot has started surveys marking the land for acquisition. The nine villages are Chellaperumbulimedu, Kunnavakkam, Ayinjalpattu, Perumbulimedu, Mangal, Akoor, Karanai, Ukkamperumbakkam and Mathur.

Iron Ore Mining Tiruvannamalai District

Confronted with severe resistance from environmental activists and farmers, private sector steel giant Jindal has pulled out from its proposed iron-ore mining plans at Kanchamalai (Salem). However, the Company is in no exit mood in its other areas of interest as it had expanded its steel plant at Potenery, Salem District from one million tonnes to two million tonnes. In this respect Jindal is vigorously pursuing the Tiruvanamalai District iron ore reserves over an area of 325 hectares in the forested Kavuthi Malai and Vediappan Malai in Imam Karianthal village in Chengam taluk.

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