Crores of rupees worth government lands vested with the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) have been encroached and the corporation till recently was not even aware that these properties belonged to it. The so-called government vested municipality (GVM) land was given to the MCH to be used for public purpose some four decades ago. Over time, individuals occupied the land and built upon it. The MCH discovered that it had control of the land when it began checking up land ownership details of people who were refusing to give up a portion of the land for road widening.
There are eight such properties on Ek Minar Darus Salam Road, St Mary’s road, Sitaphalmandi, Subhash Road, Karbala Maidan, Nallakunta-Shanker Mutt Road, Mir Alam Mandi, Liberty-Himayatnagar Road, Mettuguda and Yakutpura to list a few. Land acquisition officer N. Raghunath Rao confirmed that several pieces of GVM land was under encroachment and most occupants were running their own establishments. Hyderabad collector R.V. Chandravadan told this newspaper that the district administration was verifying records and would vacate the encroachments in a special drive.