Special Correspondent

Protection of all municipal lands stressed

  • 10 acres of land allotted for the purpose
  • TDP leader objects to the decision

    ONGOLE: The Ongole municipal council on Wednesday resolved to allot 10 acres of land near Quiz Public School on the Kurnool road for house sites to municipal employees and councillors.

    The TDP leader in the council, Jada Koteswara Rao, stoutly opposed the resolution. He said that the proposed land was donated by Uppu Ranga Rayudu to the municipality to use the proceeds on it for maintenance of the tank he had constructed in the town.

    He appealed to Municipal Chairman Bapatla Hanumantha Rao to keep in view the noble objective for which Ranga Rayudu had donated the land and not to bring disrepute to the council by using such land for house sites to councillors.

    However, Congress councillors pooh-poohed his contention. They asked Mr. Koteswara Rao as how the TDP council had proposed to garner one acre of prime land in Ura tank for constructing the party office building. They pointed out that TDP council too proposed to allot house sites to councillors.

    Chairman's contention

    Mr. Hanumantha Rao said that the land had been lying vacant and did not yield any revenue for maintenance of the tank as desired by the donor. So the council proposed to allot the land as house-sites to municipal employees and councillors at market rate and the proceeds would be deposited in a bank and interest thereon would be used for maintenance of the tank. The empowered committee headed by district Collector would decide the market rate, he pointed out.

    Mr. Koteswara Rao, however, wanted the land to be allotted for construction of sports stadium and commercial complex which would yield annual income for regular maintenance of the tank. He said he would not like to take the house site. Setting aside the objections, the council passed the resolution.

    Earlier, the councillors cutting across party lines stressed the need to protect all municipal sites in the town.

    They expressed concern over revenue officials issuing house-site pattas for municipal lands.