In a move that may leave the State government in a fix over its Rs. 350-crore Gaming Animation Media and Entertainment (GAME) City at Raidurg, infrastructure major DLF has demanded that its disputed land bought from the government be replaced with the 30 acre layout of the GAME City.
As the government has given an assurance on replacement of the disputed land with another chunk, DLF has come up with this proposal according to Jayesh Ranjan, Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC).
“DLF wanted the 30 acre land allocated to the GAME City. We have forwarded the request to the IT Department. The issue will be settled when the IT Secretary is back from leave in a couple of days,” Mr. Ranjan said.
It has to be seen how the government will react to the DLF’s demand considering the fact that it held a ground breaking ceremony to the GAME City a few days ago.
DLF, way back in 2008, paid about Rs. 600 crore and bought a piece of land in government auction. But the company was among the few firms which could not get permissions to go ahead with its project in the land as it was declared a heritage precinct. The issue had been in a limbo till the government came up with its prestigious GAME City project in the same layout in 2014.
Acknowledging that there was anomaly in a small piece of land in the total 439 acre layout, APIIC said that such companies were free to return it and can get alternative land or refund of money without interest.
It may be noted that, on the day of the ground breaking of the GAME City, a section of the industry had registered its protest over the government coming up with its own project in the same layout in which the industry was not allowed to take up projects.
The much touted GAME City project which was initiated in 2008 had been mired in controversy and could not be started despite a series of attempts. Claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, the project was expected to rope in several animation, gaming, film production, studios, academies, a regulation support office and an entertainment complex at a single location.
Infrastructure major wants the 30-acre land allocated to GAME City in place of the disputed land it had bought from the government in 2008