Hyderabad: The Nizam Family Welfare Association has raised objections to the Telangana State Wakf Board’s plans to lease out 50 acres of land at Pahadishareef to private firms.
Nawab Najab Ali Khan, the president of the Association and the grandson of Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan, said that 2,132 acres of land belonging to the Dargah Pahadishareef had been endowed by the Nizam VII. “The land was endowed by Mir Osman Ali Khan, along with 62 other major properties. These properties are controlled by the Nizam Auqaf Committee,” he said.
The land was handed over by the Board to the GMR Group for the establishment of the airport without seeking the consent of the descendants of the Nizam or the Nizam Auqaf Committee. “How can the Board claim any land from the government when the land that it gave up was donated by Mir Osman Ali Khan and the Nizam Auqaf Committee?” he asked.
He added that the board had no right to lease out an additional 50 acres of land to any private firm, nor could it claim compensation for the 2,132 acres belonging to Dargah Pahadisha-reef.
Mohammed Saleem, the Chairman of the Telangana State Wakf Board, said that the board was consulting with its legal team on the future course of action to be adopted.