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Seeking their due: CPI (M) party activists, protesting against the auction called by HUDA, taken into custody on Wednesday. —
Seeking their due: CPI (M) party activists, protesting against the auction called by HUDA, taken into custody on Wednesday. —

Accuses Government of being indifferent to demand for allotment of land to poor

HYDERABAD: The auctions held by Hyderabad Urban Devleopment Authority for leftover plots in its layouts including Nandagiri Hills, were stalled for over two hours with the poor led by CPI (M), CPI protesting against the auctions of Government lands without giving pattas to the homeless poor, here on Wednesday.

The auctions commenced only after the police forcibly arrested the CPI (M) workers after a mild lathi-charge. One of the protestors was injured in the lathi-charge. The auction for leftover plots will continue on Thursday and Friday, while auction for Pentagon City, a new project in Miyapur would be held on Monday.

Tense moments

Tension prevailed on the HUDA office campus as CPI (M) workers gathered, forcing their way into the lane despite barricades being put up. Police managed to stop them from entering the auction venue.

Addressing the protestors, the CPI (M) State Secretariat member Y. Venkateswara Rao accused the Government of being indifferent to the demand of poor people for allotment of 60 sq. yds of land, while it was auctioning lands for the benefit of rich and the influential. “We are not against auctions. But let the Government distribute pattas to the homeless poor first and then conduct auctions,” he said.

Ranga Reddy district CPI (M) secretary D.G. Narsimha Rao said that the agitation would continue and auctions for Pentagon project in Miyapur would be opposed till land was distributed to the poor. The TDP and TRS party leaders and workers also staged dharna at HUDA office opposing the auctions. A TRS activist Prabhu Gupta fainted due to exhaustion near HUDA office entrance and he was later shifted to a private hospital.

No takers

The auction of leftover plots in HUDA layouts including Nandagiri Hills commenced at HUDA office here on Wednesday did not evoke expected response with no takers for several plots.

While HUDA put up 78 plots — residential, group housing and commercial — in Nandagiri Hills, HUDA Heights, Madhapur-HUDA Techno Enclave, Asif Nagar (new), Ramachandrapuram (Chandanagar) and Tellapur for auction, it could sell 39 plots netting a revenue of over Rs. 90 crores.

Of the three plots put up for auction in Nandagiri Hills, a 755.87 sq.yd. plot fetched the highest bid of Rs. 80,000 per sq.yd. Under the Group Housing category, two plots measuring 6,674 sq.yd. and 8,395 sq.yd. respectively with a upset price of Rs. 45,000 and an EMD of Rs. 1 crore did not find any takers.

In HUDA Techno Enclave, Madhapur, of two commercial sites in sector II, only one was taken and it fetched HUDA Rs. 73,000 per sq.yd. against the upset price of Rs. 45,000 with an EMD of Rs.1 crore.

In sector III, of two commercial sites, one did not find takers. In RC Puram, the highest bid was Rs. 30,500 per sq.yd. against the upset price of Rs. 15,000 a sq.yd. The two plots put up for auction in Asifnagar did not find any takers.

The auctions for leftover plots in Nalagandla and Vanasthalipuram layouts would be held on Thursday.

The leftover plots in Miyapur and other unsold plots during the auction on Wednesday and Thursday would come up for auction again on Friday, according to HUDA Secretary D. Rama Rao.


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