Andhra Pradesh

Construction, development activities stayed in Thotlakonda

A Division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court, comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice A. Shankara Narayana, on Tuesday stayed all construction and development activities in the Thotlakonda area, a Buddhist site at Kapuluppada village in Visakhapatnam district.

The Bench was passing the interim orders in a PIL filed by Timma Reddy, a professor, and two others of Visakhapatnam.

They told the court that in 1978 the State government issued a notification declaring Thotlakonda a protected monument under the Andhra Pradesh Ancient and Historical Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.

The government allotted 15 acres to the Film Nagar Cultural Centre in this area.

The Master Plan for Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) has identified the hills as conservative zone. No constructions are permitted as per the Land Use Zoning Regulations.

The Bench commented that the heritage site cannot be retrieved if any construction was made now. The constructions can be made after some time after the adjudication of case, if the law permits.

The Bench made it clear that in the area within the boundaries notified in the 1978 GO, no construction shall take place.

The Bench said that all development activities are also not permitted.

The respondents are asked to file counter affidavits.

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