Hyderabad: A revenue task force team set up by the government in 2014 has identified 10,939 acres of government land that has been occupied by private persons and land-grabbers.
The team, chaired by retired IAS officer S.K. Sinha, has estimated the value of the encroached land at Rs 5,344 crore. This is apart from the Rs 1,000 crore worth government land that is encroached in Hyderabad.
The task force has so far filed five reports related to 1,000 acre of government land after verifying 1,863 documents. An official with the team said land grabbers adopted a common method in all the cases.
“Land-grabbers purchase patta land adjacent to government and assigned land, and then encroach into state property. Some revenue officials, from the field level staff to officials at the mandal level collude with the land grabbers,” the source said.
Another official cited the example of Rayadurgam village in the IT corridor, where the government had 45 acres (Survey No. 66/2). Land in this area now costs Rs 14 crore per acre.Of the 45 acre, the Supreme Court declared 25 acres as patta land. The other 20 acres was occupied by land grabbers, the official said.
An applicant told the Serilingampally tahsildar that he had purchased a four-acre parcel of land in 1990, and submitted a document (3271/90). Revenue officials showed him the position in Survey No. 66/2.
But the boundaries mentioned in the document and the survey report and the map issued by revenue officials in 2012 did not match, an official said....