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    New TNHB schemes for landowners

    CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Ho-using Board is at the negotiating table with land-owners to come up with special packages in a bid to implement the Satellite Town Scheme at Thirumazhisai, according to sources.
    There are four packages covering an area of 311.05 acres of land, which will consist of 12,000 dwelling units at an estimated cost of `2,160 crore. For those who give three to five acres of land, without the family having to incur the basic cost, 2,400 square feet of developed plot will be handed over. Those who give up between one and 2.99 acres; and 25 and 99 cents, 1,200 square feet and 800 square feet of developed plot will be allotted respectively.
    And those who give over five acres of land, TNHB will provide employment opportunities based on qualification and vacancy.
    The satellite township scheme was proposed in 1998, when TNHB wanted to acquire 1,694.98 acres of patta lands in Vellavedu, Kuthambakkam, Narasingapuram, Chembarambakkam and Parvatharajap-uram villages of Poonama-llee taluk in Thiruvallur district.
    Even though there are no pending against 310.42 ac-res aquired for the project, the move was opposed by most of the villagers. There are 60 petitions pending in the fast track court in Poon-amallee seeking higher co-mpensation. There was al-so a plea by political parties not to acquire cultivable land. A GO was issued later stating that only 466.49 ac-res will be utilised.
    Sources said 119 land owners, who own 104.96 acres, were directly paid `1.47 crore. A sum of `1.39 crore each has been kept under the Civil Court Deposit under Section 30 & 31 (2) of land acquisition act for 199 land owners, who own 101.20 acres. Similarly, `1.21 crore each has been kept under revenue deposit for 81 land owners, who own 104.89 acres.