Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has stressed the need to protect all government lands in Hyderabad.
Holding a detailed review meeting on Friday with the Revenue Minister, Mr N. Raghuveera Reddy, and senior officials at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister said the total vacant government land identified in Hyderabad was valued at Rs 12,660 crores. Out of which, the land worth Rs 4,735 crores remained vacant while the remaining land worth Rs 7,925 crores was under litigation.
He said the land management problems include lack of an updated inventory of government lands, vacant lands, categories of lands, litigation etc., protection of lands free from any claims and the need to establish an accurate and up-to-date land bank. Survey related problems are identification of lands, boundary discrepancies, difficulty in localizing land claims etc, need for a geo-referenced sketch of all government lands, difficulties in protection of government lands from, encroachments and litigation being registered in the name of private parties.
The Chief Minister said that action taken so far includes a comprehensive survey carried out to list out all government lands and creating a Land Bank, categorization of Land Bank lands, based on ownership – ULC, Revenue, GHMC, HMDA, APHB, other departments, based on land classification – NALA/Shikham, Porambokes, grave yards etc, based on legal status – encumbrance-free/in-litigation, based on occupancy status – vacant or built-up. Identification of all encroached government lands with semi-permanent structures/sheds/huts. Demolition squad was established to clear all such encroachments, more than 120 land parcels cleared and taken possession, binding over of encroachers with EM powers, periodic inspections by Tahsildars and RDOs – inspection schedule, uploading photographs etc. The GIS mapping of town survey records, digitized town survey maps of all lands – wards & blocks, geo-referenced with NRSA map – contains some GHMC door numbers, layered it on Google Earth, on this, superposed the different categories of government lands.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to expedite the cases relating to litigant lands pending in the court. A panel of eminent advocates may be constituted to effectively argue the cases. As a special case the Chief Minister agreed to a proposal to appoint an Additional Advocate General to deal with the litigant land issues.
Referring to the vacant lands in Hyderabad, the Chief Minister asked the officials to take up the construction of compound walls to all the vacant government lands within six months. He authorised the Chief Commissioner Land Administration (CCLA) to auction three bits of land through HMDA, the proceeds of which will be utilized to construct the compound walls.
The Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare a comprehensive action plan to map all vacant government lands – both under litigation and free from litigation. Steps should be taken to protect and manage all litigant free vacant government lands. All government vacant lands should be recovered from litigation. Registration of Government lands should be prohibited. Encroachments on government lands should be monitored by the Tehsildars on a regular basis.
NEW LAND ALLOTMENT POLICY DRAFT APPROVED
The Chief Minister agreed to the proposed new Land Allotment Policy draft paper which will now be sent to the various political parties. An all party meeting will be convened next fortnight to ascertain the views of all the political parties. The proposed land allotment policy emphasises scientific and judicious allotment of land, rational norms on fixing cost of land, constituting Andhra Pradesh Land Management Authority, formulating mechanism for observation of various environmental and zonal regulations, regular and effective monitoring, procedure for reallotment of resumed lands, share for the government in commercial enterprises, earmarking 10% of government land for allotment and formulating a comprehensive rehabilitation and resettlement scheme.
The Chief Commissioner Land Administration, Mr Pankaj Dwivedi, the Special Chief Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr J. Sathyanarayana, the Principal Secretary (Finance), Mr Venkataramani Bhaskar, the Principal Secretary (Revenue) Mr Anil C. Puneetha, and other officials attended the meeting.