Staff Reporter

Earmark urban land for housing to poor, middle class, demands Raghavulu

  • To make it a poll plank issue in GVMC elections
  • Condemns repression by lathicharge opposing the Polavaram project

    VISAKHAPATNAM: Fifty per cent of the land in urban areas should be earmarked for housing for the poor and middle classes before allotment for business or commercial purposes, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu has said.

    At a public meeting here on Thursday on the future course of action after the party's stir for house-sites in December leading to occupation of land and arrest of its leaders, the party also declared its resolve to make the issue its main poll plank in the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation elections and called for defeating the Congress. Asserting that the stir would continue till the sites were given to the poor, the CPI (M) leader asked the large number of women who had participated in the struggle to pin down leaders of other parties on the demand in the elections. A large number of women turned up for the meeting around noon in spite of the scorching heat.

    Skyrocketing prices

    Mr. Raghavulu said even the middle class could not afford housing owing to the skyrocketing prices and they should be given land at nominal prices. Besides, he wanted the government to come out with a land policy. The government should make a statement in the Assembly on the house-sites issue, failing which the House would be stalled. A struggle for house-sites would be launched in all the 130 municipalities of the State, he warned.

    Deploring the successive governments for their failure to solve the imbroglio over pattas to the Simhachalam Devastahanam land, the Gajuwaka inam land and house-sites to the poor in Visakhapatnam, the CPI (M) leader said an estimated two lakh families were languishing without houses.