‘The land pooling method was steeped in corruption'

A probe must be ordered into the allotment, sale and regularisation of land belonging to VUDA, GVMC and other Government organisations and departments in the light of serious allegations coming to light that top leaders and people's representatives of the ruling party had benefited unduly by getting the land at a throwaway price, CPI(M) district committee demanded on Thursday.

Large-scale irregularities had taken place during the last four years, at MVP Colony Sector II, Madhurawda, Bakkannapalem, Marikavalasa, Kommadi, Rushikonda while the land pooling method was steeped in corruption, CPI(M)'s State secretariat member Ch. Narasinga Rao and city secretary B. Ganga Rao said at a press conference and demanded either a judicial inquiry or a probe by a Legislative Committee ordered into the sale, allotment and regularisation of land.

Union Minister D. Purandeswari, State ministers Mahindher Reddy, Ganta Srinviasa Rao and others were involved, alleged the CPI(M) leaders. They said VUDA had jettisoned its primary responsibility of providing sites and houses to all sections of people and turned into a real estate firm and a broker agency for the rich to grab the very expensive land in and around Visakhapatnam.

Sites of rich would be regularised but not that of the poor and to provide land for the rich and the industries, the government issued a GO in 2007 removing the right of a beneficiary on the land he or she was allotted. This GO covered 25,500 acres in 19 mandals in the district.

Another major threat the farmers and others facing in the district was acquisition of 1.5 lakh acres of land for the PCPIR, Mr. Narasinga Rao said and wanted development to be done without harming people.

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