The Karnataka state government’s decision to allow three cement companies to buy 3,540 acres of fertile land in the district directly from farmers has created unease among the farmers.
The cabinet permitted Dalmia Cements, Sri Cements and India Cements to acquire 1660 acres, 1200 acres and 680 acres respectively for setting up their units. All the three cement units have been planned in the limestone-rich regions of Sedam, Chitapur and Gulbarga taluks.
The companies have started the process of identifying land and their agents have been visiting the villages in this connection.
The farmers are upset over the Government’s decision to allow setting up of the units on fertile land instead of wasteland.
They pointed out that the land that had been acquired for setting up industries had not been used so far.