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Visakhapatnam: Minister Kurasala Kannababu proposes special task force to protect government lands

District in-charge Minister Kurasala Kannababu along with the officials concerned and MPs at a review meeting in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
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District in-charge Minister Kurasala Kannababu along with the officials concerned and MPs at a review meeting in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
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District in-charge Minister Kurasala Kannababu underlined the need to protect valuable government lands in the city.

Visakhapatnam: District in-charge Minister Kurasala Kannababu underlined the need to protect valuable government lands in the city. Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, the Minister said a special task force will be formed to guard government lands, involving the GVMC, police and revenue officials.

Kannababu said signboards will be kept at such sites to prevent from getting encroached.

Marking the birth anniversary of former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's birth anniversary falling on July 8, the Minister said 30 lakh beneficiaries would get house sites on the occasion.

The Minister held a review meeting with the officials concerned and discussed distribution of house sites along with other topics including, government lands, endowment lands and forest lands and ceiling lands. He called for concerted efforts to roll out distribution of house sites to the poor in a hassle-free manner.

About growing number of coronavirus cases, Kannababu cautioned people to consider the safety protocols and follow hygiene standards.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajya Sabha member MP V Vijaya Sai Reddy alleged that government lands allotted for private players were being misused.

Violating the rules, the MP pointed out that many were resorting to real estate business. "Some are also going to the extent of producing fake documents to get government lands. Severe action would be taken against those resorting to such unethical practice and officials involved in helping them get fake documents will not be spared either," the MP added.

Minister for Tourism M Srinivasa Rao said efforts were on to protect government lands for the past one year. "A coordination meeting will be held every week to know about the status of the lands," he said.

GVMC Commissioner G Srijana, VMRDA Commissioner Koteswara Rao, MP M V V Satyanarayana, Collector V Vinay Chand, Joint Collectors M Venugopal Reddy and P Arun Babu, MLAs among others were present.

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