Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress has accused the TRS government of indirectly encouraging land grabbers in the capital in the name of regularisation of lands.
Mohammad Shabbir Ali, a senior Congress leader and Congress deputy leader in the Legislative Council, who talked to the media on Wednesday, said that the state government issued two government orders (GOs) late on Tuesday night to regularise encroachments on government lands.
He welcomed the GO 58, which is meant for free-of-cost regularisation for poor people who possess up to up to 125 sq yards of government lands. However, Mr Ali criticised the government for issuing GO 59, which allows regularisation of encroachments measuring more than 125 sq yards.
He said that such encroachments have been classified into three categories 125-250 sq yards; 250-500 sq yards and more than 500 sq yards. Mr Ali said it was quite clear that such encroachments were not done by the poor.
He alleged that the Chief Minister was indirectly supporting land grabbers and encouraging encroachments. Accusing the government of setting a wrong precedent, he said that land grabbers would not leave a single yard of government land in the city, as they will be confident that the government will regularise the land in future.
Referring to the demolition of illegal structures in Ayyappa Society, Mr Ali sought to know what had led the Chief Minister to change his mind on illegal encroachments and constructions.
Although this move may generate good revenue, there will be no land left in the city in future even for the government to take up any project, he feared.
He wanted the state government to withdraw GO 59 and first compile the data related to all encroachments in the city, as demanded by the Congress during the all-party meetings held on December 9 and 16, 2014.