Special Correspondent

Surveys to demarcate endowment land

  • Survey work to be outsourced due to lack of surveyors
  • 4,19,461 acres are under temples in Andhra Pradesh

    HYDERABAD: The Government has decided to undertake a special drive to recover temple (Endowment) lands in different places in the State by deploying squads to evict the encroachers.

    Also, it will conduct special surveys to demarcate these lands and resolve disputes, if any. This work will be outsourced as the Revenue Department lacks sufficient number of surveyors.

    Announcing these decisions after a review meeting here on Tuesday, Endowments Minister J. C. Diwakar Reddy said 904.32 acres of land Hyderabad was found to be belonging to different temples. Of this, 596 acres was encroached upon. He said the survey work would be outsourced if the Hyderabad Collector did not respond to his plea to deploy surveyors.

    The Minister said the extent of temple lands in Hyderabad division (extending to neighbouring districts) was 2,331.9 acres of which 1,283 acres was encroached. The total extent of land under temples in the State was 4,19,461 acres. He said special protection cells had already been formed, one for each of the three regions of the State, headed by a Special Deputy Collector to identify and protect the lands and update records.

    Sadavathi Satram

    Meanwhile, positive indications were available about recovering 450 acres of land near Chennai, identified as belonging to the Sadavathi Satram of Amaravathi, a religious charitable institution. The Tamil Nadu Government served notices on those who raised structures occupying a part of this land. This followed a recent representation by an Andhra Pradesh team headed by Mr. Diwakar Reddy to M.K. Stalin, Local Administration Minister.

    The market value of this land, located close to Old Mammalapuram Road, is assessed at nearly Rs 1,000 crores.