Hyderabad, January 20: The Government of Telangana has set a new record in payment of highest compensation to the farmers who are losing their land for establishment of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bibinagar in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district.
The State Government has reportedly agreed to acquire 49 acres of land for the hospital by paying a compensation of Rs. 48 lakh per acre. This rate is among the highest rates paid by the State Governments across India to acquire land from farmers for different projects. The land is owned by 27 farmers and they have agreed to part with it due to the lucrative offer made by the authorities. Therefore, the State Government will be spending Rs. 24 crore for acquisition of 49 acres of land for the AIIMS. This will be in addition to 151 acres of land already in possession of the State Government. Another 9 acres were lost in road widening. If this acquisition goes off successfully, then the Telangana Government will be having 200 acres of land as asked by the Central Government to set up AIIMS.
According to sources, the government was forced to pay high compensation due to considerably higher market prices of land in Bibinagar due their proximity to Greater Hyderabad. Further, the government wanted the Centre to begin works on AIIMS without waiting for disposal of any land-related disputes.
Earlier, the highest compensation paid by the Telangana Government was Rs. 30 Lakh per acre for the acquisition of land in Kollur on Hyderabad’s outskirts to undertake a weaker section housing scheme.
Central Govt to spend Rs. 1,028 Cr on Bibinagar AIIMS
The Union Cabinet, on December 17, 2018, has approved the establishment of AIIMS at Bibinagar at a cost of Rs. 1,028 crore. AIIMS will also add 100 UG (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) seats. It will have 15-20 Super Specialty Departments and around 750 hospital beds. It is expected to cater around 1,500 Outdoor patients per day and around 1,000 Indoor patients per month.
At the national level, the Maharashtra Government holds the record for payment of highest ever compensation. It paid nearly Rs. 1 crore a hectare to acquire land for construction of Mumbai-Goa highway. An individual had not Rs. 5.17 crore in compensation after his land in Khardi village of Thane district was acquired by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for implementing the Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication e-way. A total of 7,291 hectares of private land across the 10 districts was acquired for the expressway.