Staff Reporter

Slum-dwellers of Gabbilalapeta and Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Shameerpet mandal in Ranga Reddy district allege repeated evictionThey opposed move to demolish their settlements and construct houses under the Rajiv Gandhi Gruha Kalpa SchemeThey want to be allowed to retain their pattas

HYDERABAD: Slum-dwellers of Gabbilalapeta and Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Shameerpet mandal in Ranga Reddy district have opposed their repeated eviction from the localities, asserting their right to stay here.

Rajeev Gandhi Huts Welfare Association, Madiga Mahajana Hutdwellers Protection Committee and the Campaign for Housing and Tenurial Rights took part in the demonstration against the bid to demolish and construct new houses here.

They claim that successive governments have demolished houses in Rajeev Gandhi Nagar and Gabbilalapeta.

Convenor of the Gabbilalapeta Slumdwellers' Association, Janne Ramu opposed the bid by the Congress government to demolish their slum settlements and construct houses under the Rajiv Gandhi Gruha Kalpa Scheme, demanding that they be allowed to retain their pattas.

President of the Association, Ramanna said, "The Mandal Revenue Officer under the TDP government conducted a socio-economic survey, recommending to the Collector the issue of pattas to 1500 families in Gabbilalapeta.

The MRO specified 38 acres of land and proposed to the Collector that some land in the possession of HUDA be reclaimed and given to beneficiaries"

The present government has banned the issue of individual pattas to families, instead offering to construct houses. "We will be forced to pay rent of Rs. 500 every month if we consent to this arrangement," says Ramu.

As the survey was conducted and as pattas were issued before the present Government came to power, they demand that they be allowed to hold on to these pattas, where each family is entitled to 60 yards.