Temple lands under illegal occupation
Already 32.38 acres of land was occupied by some influential persons in the town.After the formation of Nirmal district, the land value in Basara touched the roof. Most of the temple land is situated near the highway which makes them more valuable. It is estimated that the cost would be nearly Rs 2 crore per acre in the open market.
Basara: Valuable lands belonging to Goddess Saraswati temple at Basara are being usurped by unscrupulous elements. The temple owns 166.10 acres in the district, as per the records of Endowment authorities.
Already 32.38 acres of land was occupied by some influential persons in the town.After the formation of Nirmal district, the land value in Basara touched the roof.Most of the temple land is situated near the highway which makes them more valuable. It is estimated that the cost would be nearly Rs 2 crore per acre in the open market.
At a rough estimate the value of the encroached land would be nearly Rs 100 crore. These influential persons are even registering the land in the names of their henchmen.
It is alleged that some of the temple priests, who are supposed to protect the temple land, are also usurping them. The influential persons who took over the land are even selling them, it was found.
The Hans India found out that 8.10 acres in Survey No 431, 2.31 acres and 1.16 acres in Survey No 322, 7.18 acres in Survey No 447, 2.20 acres in Survey No 429, were encroached by the usurpers.
It is estimated that already one-third of temple land is under occupation and the all the lands would be encroached if no action was initiated.
The Endowment deputy commissioner for the four districts, Vijaya Ramana Rao admitting that the temple land was under occupation, told The Hans India that action would be initiated soon to recover the land.
Basara MRO said that he had received no complaints so far regarding the encroachment of temple lands. Action would be initiated against the usurpers if anybody lodged complaints, he added.
It has been alleged that there was no action against the encroachers when the temple lands were usurped in the own district of Endowment Minister Indrakaran Reddy. The local people demanded taking over of temple lands from the encroachers.
Thotla Chinna Anjaiah