Hyderabad: The regularisation of valuable government lands in Gajuwaka and Arilova in Visakhapatnam district is going to benefit so-me rich, middle and upper middle-class people more than the poor. For the regularisation of these lands, the government has to issue fresh GO.
In Gajuwaka, total extent of land is about 900.60 acres and the state government issued GOs from time to time on regularisation of encroachments of these lands. Some of the land is in court dispute. Of the 350.67 acres in Gajuwaka, officials have identified about 252 acres as No Man Land.
The state government had issued GO 296 on August 15, 2015 on regularisation of Gajuwaka lands. The Cabinet sub-committee has recommended to the government to regularise encroachments in 252 acres of “No Man Land” in Gajuwaka.
But officials have raised some points on regularisation of this land.
Officials said that the GO 296 is meant for only Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and there is no mention on how to regularise in case of above poverty line (APL) families. This GO is meant for regularisation of below 100 square yards and as no mention of how to regularise the extents above 100 square yards.
Another important point raised by officials is that the vacant sites cannot be regularised under GO 296. According to GO 44 is-sued on January 11, 2008, the encroachments have to be regularised up to January 1, 1998, but it has no mention of how to regularise the encroachments after January 1, 1998.
The officials said to regularise these lands, the government has to issue a fresh GO.
Cost of land increased:
In recent times, the value of land in Gajuwaka and Arilova has drastically increased. According to official report, the cost of land in Arilova area in 1984 was Rs 15,000-Rs 17,000 per acre. In 1986, the value increased to Rs 30,000-Rs 34,000 per acre. In 1989, the cost has risen to Rs 37,500-Rs 42,500.
At present, the cost of the same land is Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 per square yard. The cost of one acre land in 1984 is equivalent to per square yard now. Regularisation of these lands will help some rich people, who have resorted to encroachment.
Officials said very a few people have land admeasuring 1,000 square yards and above.In Gajuwaka, encroachers and majority are upper middle and middle-class people only....