Land allotment to Telangana Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation stayed

Petitioners say notification on Meerkhanpet land is flawed.

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Thursday stayed the draft notification issued on September 23, 2016 by the TS government expressing intent to allot 314 acres at Meerkhanpet village to the TS Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation for setting up Green Pharma City Project in Ranga Reddy district.
Justice M S Ramachandra Rao granted the interim stay while dealing with a petition by D. Anthamma and two others of Meerkhanpet, challenging the notification issued by joint collector-1 of Ranga Reddy district to alienate the land for the TSIIC to set up the Green Pharma City in the region.

The petitioners told the court that they are poor farmers and had been assigned small pieces of lands by the government over different periods to eke their livelihood. They said that these assigned lands were now being sought for the project.

N.S. Arjun Kumar, counsel for the petitioners, brought to the notice of the court that joint collector issued the notice by invoking GO 45 issued by industries and commerce department which has been already stayed by the court in an earlier writ petition moved by some of the assigned landholders.

He told the court that of the 493 acres in Survey No.112, the authorities have issued notification for resuming 314 acres. He submitted that the authorities expressed the intention of the government to pay the assignees/unauthorised occupants at the rate of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 70 lakh respectively per acre.

Mr Kumar complained to the court that the names of the petitioners in the earlier writ petition wherein the Court had granted stay, also figure in the latest notification.

While questioning the authorities how they could do this, the judge directed the government pleader to file a response and stayed all further proceedings pursuant to the notification till disposal of the petition.

Give time needed to vacate quarters, HC tells Ramesh

The Hyderabad High Court on Thursday asked AP special chief secretary P.V. Ramesh to file an affidavit by Monday stating the time he needs to vacate the director general’s quarters on the premises of the MCR HRD institute in the city.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice U. Durga Prasad Rao was dealing with an appeal by Dr Ramesh, challenging an order of a single judge to vacate the quarters within a month.
Counsel appearing for the appellant submitted that the single judge had ordered vacation of the quarters within a month from September 20, 2016 and said that the appellant needs more time to do so.

TS advocate-general K. Ramakrishna Reddy brought to the notice of the court that the government has provided another quarters in Kundanbagh, Begumpet to Dr Ramesh.

Commenting that Kundanbagh is also a good locality where judges quarters are also located, the bench told counsel for the appellant to file an affidavit indicating the time required to vacate the quarters.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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