Naidu seeks probe into buy of land for housing websites for poor

Naveen S Garewal

Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, August 20

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has alleged a “big scam” within the buy of land for housing websites for the poor.

Naidu has urged the Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary to inquire into the a number of situations of buy of marshy land, unfit for habitation.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, Naidu stated: “Multi-crore scams were being committed in multiple phases beginning from making the Government pay inflated prices to buy cheaper, unfit lands and then to loot public money in the name of levelling, layout making and filling the acquired lands with earthen soil.”

He went on to put in writing, “It is disheartening to see the Government acquiring the lands belonging to the downtrodden sections, ecologically sensitive marshlands, wetlands, low-lying lands, mangroves, and forest lands though they are not suitable for housing sites”.

Citing examples, Naidu alleged that the federal government unleashed a rip-off of Rs 500 crore within the acquisition and levelling of over 600 acre of marshland at Burugupudi village in Korukonda Mandal within the Rajanagaram Assembly constituency in East Godavari district.

He claimed that the land was acquired at a feigned and inflated value of Rs 45 lakh per acre, amounting to a complete of Rs 270 crore.

Further, the quantity required to extend the altitude of the land would value one other Rs 250 crore…filling the marshland with earthen soil to transform the identical into housing web site, he talked about.

The TDP chief asserted that the acquisition of marshland can be a violation of the environmental safety legal guidelines. The elevating of altitude of this marshland would solely endanger the encompassing villages, cities and habitats, in the long term, he stated.

The newest heavy rains have flooded and submerged the marshland supposedly acquired by the federal government for housing websites for the poor. If homes are constructed right here, it will pose hazard to the lives and property of the poor, pushing them into deeper poverty.

He accused the YSRCP leaders of adopting a particular modus operandi to perpetrate corruption in connivance with some native officers.

They had been deciding on low-cost lands with little or no market worth, he stated.

The ruling occasion leaders had been shopping for these lands from house owners by displaying inflated values throughout registration however truly paying low market values to the house owners, Naidu added.

Later, the federal government was buying these lands from the YSRCP leaders at inflated and feigned costs. This was all achieved beneath the housing scheme as per the Andhra Pradesh Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, claimed the previous Chief Minister.

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