Temples to reach consensus

HC advised the authorities of CRDA and temple trustees to reach an agreement
Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Monday advised the authorities of Capital Area Development Authority (CRDA) and temple trustees to reach an agreement through mutual consultations with regard to acquiring temple lands for the new capital for AP.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale and Justice S.V. Bhatt was dealing with petitions by the trustees of various temples in Guntur district seeking to declare the action of authorities in taking steps to acquire the lands belong to temples and maths (Hindu Religious Institutions) under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 in the name of providing house sites to weaker sections under the Indiramma scheme as illegal.
Mr S. Ramachandra Rao, senior counsel appearing for the petitioners, informed the court that the petition was pending before the court since 2006 and recently the AP government had decided to acquire temple lands for the construction of the new capital. He said most of the trustees were willing to part with land for the new capital, but the government was not prepared to pay compensation. The bench told the petitioners to negotiate with authorities and inform the court about the outcome of the negotiations after 10 days.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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