Does the talk of resumption of unutilised government land running into thousands of acres from companies and private developers lack conviction?

Barring few instances where the government issued orders cancelling over 10,000 acres of land given to Brahmani Industries Ltd., cancellation of land in Bayyaram for iron ore mining and cancellation of over 450 acres of land allotted to Economic City in Medak district, the State has been dragging its feet.

“There was an inordinate delay in claiming back the land even years after issuing notices and cancellation of MoUs,” sources in Revenue Department said. The MoU with Brahmani Industries was cancelled in May 2012 before the G.O. on cancellation of land was issued in April last week this year.

Notices had been given to promoters of Lepakshi Knowledge Hub for resumption of 8,800 acres of land allotted for the project in Anantapur and to Indu Tech Zone and Star Gaze which were allotted 250 acres each in Shamshabad to cite a few cases. Yet the departments concerned, be it Department of Industries and Commerce and Information and Technology had not been pushing the cases with the government for resumption of land, sources added.

Official sources said that even the AP Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation, which had served notices to 1,773 firms for their failure to fulfil their commitment to set up units within the agreed timelines, could recover only 3,000 acres out of the 18,000 acres that had to be resumed.

The process to take back unutilised land is extremely slow that does not generate confidence among the public nor instil fear among land allottees, who in some cases deviate from the MoUs and raise bank loans by mortgaging the land, as found in Lepakshi’s case. Some of the expensive land in and around Ranga Reddy district, running into thousands of acres, were locked in unproductive deals while depriving companies and industries genuinely interested in setting up units of land, official sources said.

Even in the case of the controversial VANPIC which was allotted 26,000 acres of land, including private land in Guntur and Prakasam districts, the issue was referred for legal opinion and subsequently a committee was formed an year ago with no decision so far.