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Telangana high court has ordered instructing the government not to release water resulting in inundation of their localities under Kondapochamma Reservoir which has relieved many villagers of Bahilampur and Mamidyala in Siddipet district.

A two-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice T. Amarnath Goud has passed the interim order. A notice was issued to Advocate General B.S. Prasad, after hearing a batch of writ petitions filed by residents of the two villages coming under Mulugu Mandal of Siddipet district. The court has also directed to respond to the petitions which have been filed by the villagers seeking compensation and relief under amended Land Acquisition Act before causing submergence of their houses.

Kondapochamma Reservoir, being constructed as part of Kaleshwaram project, is near to completion. While the majority of the people, who were losing their lands due to submergence, accepted the compensation provided by the government. However, some of the villagers moved to the court alleging that government has failed to compensate them under Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act-2013 as per the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency. They seek to ensure that possession shall not be passed to the government unless the provision under the said Act is fully complied by the government.

The petitioners also seek to provide them with a package, including double bed-room houses in 250 square yard plots. Additionally, while the petition was in process, the Advocate General received the notice by the petitioners, a wherein interim application seeking not to take any coercive steps resulting in inundation and submergence of their houses and lands in the two villages was filed.


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