Staff Reporter

Raghavulu calls for setting up of enquiry commission

  • Opposes sale of Government lands for filling coffers
  • Act tough against land mafia, he tells YSR

    HYDERABAD: The CPI(M) State Committee has urged the Government to release a `white paper' on recent land acquisitions and alignments made to the proposed outer ring road by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

    In a letter to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, released to the press on Tuesday, party State unit secretary B.V. Raghavulu also called for setting up of an enquiry commission headed by a sitting High Court judge to look into all the aspects of the outer ring road.

    It was necessary for the Government to clarify on these matters considering serious allegations raised against HUDA in the media, he said while strongly opposing sale of Government lands for filling coffers. He wanted Government lands to be used for the good of common people. They can be given to the poor and middle classes at token prices. The Government was advised to desist from selling lands through auction. Property prices soared and got out of the reach of common people only because the Government had given up the idea of providing for affordable housing for these sections, he charged.

    Accusing HUDA and the A.P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation of buying farmers' land cheaply through the 1894 Land Acquisition Act, he said both organisations were doing real estate business and not sharing the profit with farmers.

    Mr. Raghavulu felt that farmers and small landowners would whole-heartedly cooperate in land acquisition if proper procedures were followed and a fair share was given to them in the development projects.

    The need of the hour was to go for `land replacement fee' rather than Government fixed fee for which an all-party meeting was imperative, he said, adding that HUDA should have acted as the middleman and helped farmers to earn more through a public auction.

    He also wanted Dr. Reddy to act tough against land mafia and make public the list of land allotments made to private parties and whether the land was being utilised for the purpose for which it was given.