Plan for authority on land allotment approved

Special Correspondent
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Nod for proposal at all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy greeting CPI leader K. Narayana at all-party meeting in Hyderabad on Monday. — Photo: By Arrangement
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy greeting CPI leader K. Narayana at all-party meeting in Hyderabad on Monday. — Photo: By Arrangement

A proposal mooted by the government to constitute an AP Land Management Authority (APLMA) to allot its lands for the establishment of industries and other purposes was unanimously approved at an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here on Monday.

The meeting was held against the backdrop of controversies involving top political leaders, which have been rocking the State since the past few years over indiscriminate alienation of government lands to private parties.

Legislative support

The authority will be headed by the Chief Commissioner Land Administration and will have the Director-General, Environment Protection Training & Research Institute (EPTRI), an expert from the industry concerned and the Principal Secretary of that particular department, as members. The new policy will be given legislative backing.

After a three-hour-long discussion, a consensus was reached that the land to be allotted to a private party for industry must be restricted to the minimum requirement as specified in the Central directives, particularly if it was meant for power and information technology projects.

Digitised land bank

The Chief Minister accepted a suggestion to allot land for industries only on lease for 25 years through a “digitised land bank” and scrupulously avoid outright sale as was done so far.

The lease rate, however, would be decided depending on investment size and the number of jobs offered. Sale would be allowed only if it was absolutely necessary.

Resumption of land

He also agreed to the inclusion of a provision in the draft policy to take back an estimated two lakh acres of land allotted since the formation of the State if it was not used for the stated purpose.

The meeting was attended by Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy, P. Narsa Reddy (Congress), R. Chandrasekhar Reddy (Telugu Desam), D. Shravan (TRS), K. Narayana (CPI), B. V. Raghavulu (CPI-M), B. Dattatreya (BJP) and N. Jayaprakash Narayan (Lok Satta Party ).

Mr Raghuveera Reddy later announced that the departments concerned would be asked to verify the land use before recovery.

If an industry was allotted more than 100 acres, 10 per cent of it would be earmarked each for a school and green belt.

In case of allotment for public purpose, Collectors would be empowered to alienate up to 10 acres, APLMA 10 to 25 acres, the Revenue Minister 25-50 acres and the Cabinet above 50 acres.

The Chief Minister approved a proposal to include a provision to specially deal with the alienation of land for mining.

The Minister said the allotment of 1,000 acres to Prism Company in Kurnool district for a cement factory would be looked into.

  • Meeting follows controversies involving politicians over alienation of State lands to private parties
  • Authority to be headed by Chief Commissioner of Land Administration will get legislative backing

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