Gaming Hyderabad land sparks row

TRS men getting undue favour from CM, says Revanth

Hyderabad: In absence of a clarification on the allotment of the same plot of land to different parties, TD legislator A. Revanth Reddy on Sunday continued his tirade against the Chief Minister for allegedly favouring his men, by doling out various concessions, especially to My Home-Aqua Space Private Company, owned by Jupally Rameswara Rao.

Mr Revanth Reddy pointed out that Mr Rameswara Rao had publicly objected to the foundation stone ceremony for the Gaming City by the then CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in January 2014, stating that he (Mr Rameswara Rao) had bought the same land.

The APIIC has earmarked 470 acres in survey no 83/1 in Raidurg, for the development of IT Park. The land was subsequently auctioned to various institutions.

The Hyderabad Urban Development Authority had objected to the auction stating that the area had heritage rocks precincts. However, Aqua Space Limited, formerly known as DLF Raidurg Developers, had bought 31 acres in the area.

Finally, when the state panel too backed the heritage issue, the APIIC started asking the developers to find alternative sites. DLF was eyeing the site earmarked by the government for the Gaming City, and My Home too showed interest in the same land.

However, before entering a JPV in August 2014, on January 8 when Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy laid the foundation stone for the Gaming City, Mr Rameswara Rao objected to it. Immediately the then IT secretary announced that the Gaming City land will not be alienated to others at any cost.

Within 15 days, however, APIIC came out with alternative proposals, including that DLF (Aqua Space) be given the Gaming City land, and the Gaming City shifted to the land allotted to the Hyderabad Metro Rail in Gachibowli, and the HMR be shown some other land.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Reddy said after the elections, and the bifurcation of the state, the TRS government finalised the proposals of the Kiran Kumar Reddy government and issued orders on July 19 allotting the Gaming City land to Aqua Space putting the fate of Gaming City in uncertainty.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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