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A vacant land causes concern

raising eyebrows: The vacant site in Journalists Colony at Moghalrajapuram in Vijayawada that is causing concern to locals.

raising eyebrows: The vacant site in Journalists Colony at Moghalrajapuram in Vijayawada that is causing concern to locals.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: RAJU V.

K.N. Murali Sankar

The residents do not know whether there is any owner of the site

VIJAYAWADA: A piece of vacant land in the midst of a residential area at Moghalrajapuram is creating several problems to the local residents.

The residents of Journalists Colony opposite P.B. Siddhartha College of Arts and Science, where the land is located, do not know whether there is any owner of the site.

They last saw about a decade ago someone making efforts to construct a building in the site, but the plan apparently did not take off.

Since then, there has been no claimant to the site and no effort has been made to protect it by fencing it.

Located between the houses of freedom fighter and senior journalist Parakala Pattabhi Rama Rao and noted poet Vegunta Mohana Prasad, popularly known as ‘Mo’, the 264-square yard site has turned into a litter bin, with residents as well as the sanitation staff of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation dumping the garbage there. “Unidentified people are dumping construction waste here during night time.

The site has become a breeding ground for rats and snakes,” says Mr. Pattabhi Rama Rao.

Complaints lodged

It is also posing a serious problem in respect of public health, as people working in the nearby shops and eateries frequently use the place as a public urinal, particularly because of the non-availability of an alternative in the vicinity.

“We have lodged several complaints with the civic authorities. But, there is no response.

When the VMC employees themselves resort to dumping of garbage, whom should we complain to?” rues Mr. Mohana Prasad.

The residents are urging the civic body to either trace the owners of the land or ask them to develop it or take possession of the site and develop a green patch there. “We have submitted one more memorandum to the Municipal Commissioner recently. We hope the officials will respond soon to our problem and solve it,” Mr. Pattabhi Rama Rao says with optimism.

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