Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The Standing Committee of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Friday found fault with the officials’ decision to pay compensation to a person who had forgone his land on Bandar road during fourth phase of road widening.

The Standing Committee expressed the view that the officials should have placed the matter before it or the general body. Disclosing the details of the meeting, Mayor Mallika Begum said Suresh Babu of Patamata had lost his shops due to road widening on Bandar road near Benz Circle. He was offered a compensation of Rs.14.52 lakhs and allotment of a house on the ground floor in Gangiredduladibba where houses under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme were being constructed.

In addition, the officials had agreed to allot one shop in Kaleswara Rao general market. The issue was never brought to the notice of either the Standing Committee or the general body, she said, adding: “Hence, the officials were asked to place all the details before the Standing Committee.” Referring to another issue, Ms. Begum said L. Chenna Reddy had requested to provide an alternative piece of land in any part of the city, as he would have to lose his 100 sq. yard land in Bhavanipuram for the laying of a 30-ft road from Nulakapeta to Urmila Subba Rao Nagar. Consequently, the officials had suggested allotting a piece of land in NSC Bose Nagar. However, the Committee had decided to refer the matter to the general body for an appropriate decision, she said. K. Sridevi, 59th division corporator, opposed the proposal of the officials, stating the said land in NSC Bose Nagar should be utilised for the benefit of local people.

The Committee also accepted the request of Mutyalampadu Residential Welfare Association to hand over the newly constructed ‘Karmala Bhavanam’ to it.