GP members, farmers irked about govt’s decision to add 28 villages in Belagavi development body, ET RealEstate

September 12, 2023

BELAGAVI: Members of 28 villages located around Belagavi city are planning to oppose the recent decision of the government to incorporate their villages into Belagavi Urban Development Corporation (Buda) limits. The members feel that the decision diminishes the powers of GPs and their members.

Now, former MLA Ramesh Kudachi and former mayor Shivaji Sunthakar have jumped into the frey in favour of the farmers, opposing the government’s decision. Preparations are being made to protest the decision under the banner of ‘Shetkari Bachao Sanghatana‘.

Recently, following the instructions of the urban development department, the BUDA commissioner issued a notification incorporating 28 villages into Buda limits. Tenders are being called to prepare a revised master plan for the city’s development that covers all the 28 villages. According to Buda commissioner Shakeel Ahmed, the decision of the government will be helpful in the systematic development of the villages attached to the city.

Speaking to the TOI, former mayor Shivaji Sunthakar said the government decision is totally illegal. The decision has been taken without prior intimation or consent of the concerned gram panchayats. Hence, the government must revise its order, which is against the interest of the gram panchayats, farmers and the members as well.

“Through this decision, the government is giving all the powers of gram panchayat members to Buda, especially concerning infrastructure development. But none of the GP members were consulted before such an important decision was made. As a result, more farmers will lose their lands and we are against it. After the Ganesha festival, GP members of all 28 villagers will hold a meeting and plan the next course of action,” Sunthakar said.

According to former Belagavi MLA Ramesh Kudachi, according to the law, the government can only decide to incorporate the area up to 6 kms into Buda. “Here, villages that are located 15 kms away from the city area have been incorporated into Buda, which is illegal. The government cannot dodge the powers of those GPs, going beyond the Act. Being a Congressman, I will oppose it,” Kudachi stated.

  • Published On Sep 12, 2023 at 05:00 PM IST

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