NELLORE: Arrangements are being made to hand over 377.57 acres of land at Chevuru and Ravuru villages in Prakasam district to the AP Maritime Board for speeding up construction of the proposed port at Ramayapatnam. Officials have acquired 113.45 acres of patta land, 43.14 acres of assigned land and 220.98 acres of dotted lands for the port.
In all, 3,700 acres of land is being procured for the Ramayapatnam Port. The 377 acres already acquired are part of 802 acres identified for acquisition in the first phase of the port. With this, district administration has utilised Rs. 55.36 crore released by the state government for land acquisition.
District collector Pravin Kumar said plans are being drafted to construct a colony for rehabilitating 563 families comprising 775 people displaced due to the port project. For the purpose, revenue officials have been asked to secure permission from Forest Department to acquire 44 acres of its land.
While reviewing progress of various projects, the collector underlined the need to pay special attention for protecting water resources in the district because rivers, such as Gundlakamma, Paleru, Moosi and Manneru, are dependent only on rains.
He pointed out that 1.85 lakh acres in 25 mandals of the district are irrigated using water from Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal. Similarly, 952 medium and small tanks are utilised to cultivate another 1.35 lakh acres.