The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday threatened to launch a massive agitation if the Prakasam district administration did not initiate the process for regularising the house sites of the poor who have raised huts on government waste lands.

Flagging off a three-day cycle yatra, CPI (M) district secretary Jala Anjaiah said if the Congress government was sincere in its commitment to provide houses to all the poor people on a saturation basis, it should first regularise the house sites of the poor living on government waste lands.

While touring Chaitanya Colony, Mr. Reddy said regularisation of the land in possession of the poor was an easy process when compared to provision of new house sites which involved a long-drawn process.

Poor people in different colonies were waiting for a long time for sanctioning of house site pattas due to delay in every stage of land acquisition, survey, preparation of layouts and sanction of house sites to individuals, he said while leading a 20-member team in mobilising the affected people for a protracted struggle. As per the survey conducted by the party, over 1,000 poor people were living on the government land in 22 colonies with practically no civic infrastructure including roads, drinking water, and power connections. “We will approach District Collector Anita Rajendra on coming Monday with the demand for regularisation of house sites. If there is no positive response, we will have no option but to intensify the agitation,” Mr. Reddy added.