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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has directed the officials to take tough action against the land grabbers who have encroached upon government lands in Hyderabad and its outskirts.

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Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has directed the officials to take tough action against the land grabbers who have encroached upon government lands in Hyderabad and its outskirts.

  • CM asks officials to act tough, reclaim land in Hyd and outskirts
  • Says govt will provide pattas to the poor in possession of land

The Chief Minister issued these directions while addressing a high-level review meeting at the State Secretariat on Thursday. He said all land grabbers should be booked under the Preventive Detention Act (PD Act) irrespective of their position and party affiliation. He directed the officials not to spare any land grabber even if he belonged to the ruling party.

Stating that lands worth crores of rupees were under illegal occupation in Hyderabad, he directed the officials to begin action against the land grabbers without any delay. The Chief Minister said all encroachments on government lands, nalas, tanks and other places should be removed on immediate basis.

However, he said some migrant labourers and poor people have constructed their huts on government lands and nalas. He said the government would consider issuing pattas or rehabilitate them at other places, but it would not spare the professional land grabbers.

KCR said the land grabbers have encroached upon the government lands using fake stamps, stamp papers and certificates. He added thousands of such cases were pending in various courts and called upon the officials to expedite the disposal of such cases. He alleged that the previous government ignored and even promoted the land grabbers. The individuals who have constructed houses on the government lands should seek regularisation. Else, tough action would be taken against them, he said.

The Chief Minister also announced constitution of a committee led by Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma to study the status of government lands. The committee will meet on December 9 to study the extent of government lands in Hyderabad, encroachments, cases and illegal constructions. He also directed the committee to suggest new laws to prevent encroachment of government lands and added that the government would issue an ordinance to protect its lands in the city.

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