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Published & Updated as on - 2010-03-07

After doling out land to private parties, Govt finds it hard to locate land for public purpose

With the number of requests from the Central and state government agencies for land going up,the Ranga Reddy district administration is in a dilemma. While the land available in Ibrahimpatnam area (bhoodan land),close to the city is about 3,000 acres,the demand is for 4,400 acres.

For instance,there is a demand for 3,482 acres in Bagath village of Ibrahimpatnam alone from the National Security Guards (NSG),Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC),while just 1,958 acres is available.Agencies like Octopus and APIIC are also asking for another 1,000 acres in Khalsa village.

The RR district is yet to respond to the demand of agencies like APIIC andHMDA,sources said. The RR district administration has already agreed to give 600 acres in survey No 58 of Bagath village to the NSG to set up its regional centre.

The NSG authorities even agreed to pay Rs 6 lakh per acre and have already deposited Rs 26 crore. After the NSG,Octopus sought about 570 acres at Khalsa village for its commando training centre.To this,the district officials said the land will be transferred to them only on payment of Rs 6 lakh per acre on the lines of NSG.

Now Octopus officials have requested the home department to release the amount for getting the required land.

The CRPF too is seeking 50 acres close to NSG to raise its CRPF Mahila Battalion. The district authorities have advised it to give a written request to the state government. Meanwhile,the HMDA also joined the race to acquire land for its future projects like a truck terminal and integrated township in the prime area at Ibrahimpatnam, for which it sought about 1,000 acres at Bagath village.

It is also learnt that APIIC managing director B R Meena has written a letter asking the RR district administration to allot 1,832 acres land at Bagath village and 456 acres land in survey no 1 and 2 at Khalsa village for development of industrial area and promoting an industrial park. When contacted,RR district joint collector M Jagan Mohan said: Except for land allotment to NSG and Octopus,no final decision has been taken on the the demands from APIIC and HMDA.

Comment :

The important lesson to be learned is about preserving Govt Land for public purposes. Govt land should not be sold to private parties, as has been done in Hyderabad (Incidentally hundreds of acres sold remain undeveloped with Companies like Unitech, DLF, BPTP etc) . If at all, it should only be leased out. We need to preserve land for future genrations. The City has to develop for thousands of years more! And if all Govt land is sold to companies for quick money, how do future generations manage expansion of public amenities?

Source:TOI 23.02.10

GHMC hopes to cash in on BPS extension

Hyderabad, Feb. 21: The recent decision of the state government to extend the last date for disposal of the Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) turns out to be a boon for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) after it got a raw deal in the state Budget for 2010-2011.

The civic body had requested the government to allocate nearly Rs 700 crore for it in the state Budget, but got only Rs 73 crore. Now, the corporation has set a target of collecting at least Rs 400 crore by disposing of the pending BPS applications.

The government on Wednesday issued G.O. Ms No. 76 stating that the date has been extended.

strictly for disposal of “pending applications” only and that no fresh or new applications should be accepted. The government order also came with a rider that after June 30, none of the pending BPS applications should be disposed of.

A senior GHMC official confirmed that the last date for clearing pending BPS applications is June 30.

The GHMC received 2.03 lakh BPS applications and out of this the officials have been able to clear only 87,000 till date. Another 35,000 applications were declared “ineligible for regularisation” as they were found to have been constructed on government, Wakf, Urban Land Ceiling and endowment lands.

“The financial position of the GHMC is precarious. Though we expected reasonable allocations for the civic body in the State Budget, what has been given is meagre. The best alternative to raise revenues now is to ensure that all BPS applications are cleared. It is a challenge as not all the applicants are coming forward for regularization proceedings. But we will do it,” a GHMC official said.

The GHMC town planning officials will visit the BPS applicants and ask them to pay penalization charges for disposal of applications.

Source: DC 21.02.10

HMDA approves the first Integrated Community Complex Project of 400 Apartments Promoted by Buyers

For the first time in Hyderabad an ambitious residential project of over Rs.125crore promoted by Buyers Society has been approved by HMDA on 18th February! The project is coming up at Tellapur, beside Gachibowli in Hyderabad.

The Project is promoted by Cyber Employees Welfare Society (CEWS), a motley group of more than 250 IT employees from IBM to Infosys. The Society was registered in 2007 when the apartment prices had shot through the roof making it tough for the salaried to buy homes. Since then, this Society has systematically and quietly gone ahead by acquiring land, engaging Architects and Consultants and even built approach road to site, from Gopanapalli. Their effort has now been acknowledged by HMDA by giving the Project, approval.

There are several interesting aspects in this project. Most striking one is the fact that the price of the flat is based on actual cost incurred. There is no developer margin in the price. Hence effectively buyer gets much higher quality for the same rate compared to buying from a developer, since every paise paid goes into construction. The project was pre-sold except for few units. Hence, unlike other new projects, CEWS does not have any booking risk. The buyers have all gone together as group to SBI and struck special deal for housing loan. They also engaged in extensive negotiation with Nagarjuana Construction Company (NCC) to bring price down but by keeping quality standards very high.

The project is spread over 6.4Acres and has 400 super luxury apartment units. It has extensive amenities including Tennis Courts, Swimming Pools, Club House etc.

The Project's success is a strong message to developers to tighten costs and try and match the price and quality of CEWS.

Exclventures 18.02.10

AP High Court stays govt move to take back Fab City land

Justice R Subhash Reddy of the A P High Court on Wednesday stayed the move by the state government and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to take back the 100 acre land given to Sem India Fab Private Ltd.

The judge was dealing with a petition filed by Sem India which said that though the state government allotted 100 acres to it on a nominal lease for 66 years in 2006 in the proposed 1200-acre Fab City in Hyderabad, it is now trying to take back the land.

The state government earlier issued an order to the APIIC to take back 78 acres land from Sem India as it had not fulfilled any of its conditions as per the MoU. The state also asked the APIIC to collect Rs 20 lakh per acre for the rest of the 22 acres from Sem India.

Hyderabad News. TOI 18.02.10

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