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Enactment on Simhachalam lands in 40 days

By Our Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM, FEB. 9. The Govenrment would bring in an enactment on the Simhachalam temple lands in 40 days, the Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Legislature Committee on Assurances, E. Pratap Reddy, told reporters at Simhachalam on Wednesday.

During the review of the Devasthanam land issue, he told the Executive Officer, V. Sankara Reddy, to come to Hyderabad with a comprehensive report so that the Minister for Endowments and others would understand the need to have a legislation.

Lok Adalat

Forming a Lok Adalat for Simhachalam lands would also bring justice to the people, Mr. Pratap Reddy felt.

The chairman wanted the activities of bogus land societies to be completely curbed. An officer of the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police should be made in-charge and squads formed to protect the lands, he said.

Pattas would be issued to houses built by the poor in an area of 60 yards, but private persons who prepared layouts would not be spared. He told Mr. Sankara Reddy to sanction pattas to the eligible persons.

As many as 1,100 applications were received seeking grant of pattas. Pucca houses constructed on encroached lands could be regularised.

``At the same time, the Devasthanam should not end up in a loss. The revenue of Rs.40 crores gained so far through regularisation of land could swell to Rs.100-200 crores if the regularisation of its lands is done in a proper manner,'' he felt.

New GO sought

The MLA of Pendurthy, T. Gurumurthy Reddy, wanted a new GO to be issued in the place of GO No. 578, by including the measures acceptable to all sections. Mr. Sankara Reddy informed the committee that the Devasthanam lands were spread over a radius of 36 km and declared that the lands would be protected. A cut-off date of 1999 had been fixed for construction of buildings and registrations in five villages were stopped.

A ghat road was being laid on the Simhachalam hill at a cost of Rs. 2 crores. It would need another Rs. 8 crores for completion.

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