Kadapa: A good share of land belonging to Palakondrayudu Temple in Kadapa city has been allegedly taken over by encroachers. The temple is located in the outskirts of the city in Putlampalli. This had recently merged into Kadapa Corporation. The temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Maha Vishnu.
Besides the devotees from Kadapa district, pilgrims from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and neighbouring districts of Guntur, Prakasam and Kurnool have been visiting the temple regularly. This temple has valuable lands in Kadapa district.
Kadapa city has been expanding day-by-day and the value of lands has been rising. Long ago, several devotees had donated valuable lands to Palakondrayudu Temple. The temple has lands in Kadapa city, along with that in Cherlopalle, Buddayapalle, Putlampalle and Chinnachowk areas. All these areas are within the limits of Corporation.
Being a residential area, the land price per cent is about Rs 4 to Rs 5 lakh and in some parts, the cost per cent is about Rs 10 to Rs 12 lakh. The total temple land is about 15.18 acres and in this, around 4 acres has been allegedly encroached.
All these lands seem to be only in temple and revenue records. The persons who occupied these lands did not even give a single rupee to the temple.
In total, 3.91 acres within the premises of Kadapa city have been encroached. 1.44 acres in Survey number 145 of Chinnachowk, 3 cents in Survey number 146, 10 cents in survey number 143, 1.80 acres in Survey number 144 of Chinnachowk village have been occupied. In Survey number 503, the total extent of land is 0.75 acres. Out of this, 25 cents have been encroached. In total, 3.91 acres of lands within the premises of Kadapa City have been encroached. The value of lands that have been encroached is approximately more than Rs 15 crore.
As per the present market value, one cent of land costs more than Rs 5 lakh. All these lands are in residential areas. All the occupied families have not been paying even lease amounts to the temple management. Recently, the State Government had made a survey into the encroached Endowment lands.
The officers had identified that 7,000 acres of land have been encroached....