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    Land sharks encroach 40% land of Secunderabad cantonment board

    An SCB engineering wing official said that a lack of funds has held them back from building compound walls along such areas and installing CCTV cameras. File photo


    SECUNDERABAD: Taking advantage of the pandemic-induced lockdowns, land sharks have encroached crores worth of ‘40 per cent land,’ given to Secunderabad Cantonment Board by developers and housing societies.

    Residents are demanding SCB officials to develop parks in such areas, similar to those in GHMC area, to deter encroachment.

    The Cantonment currently has around 100 acres of these ‘40 per cent lands,’ estimated to cost around Rs 600 crore in the current market.

    However, an SCB engineering wing official said that a lack of funds has held them back from building compound walls along such areas and installing CCTV cameras. “But we have conducted inspections on unauthorised constructions on such lands with help from whistle-blowers, to foil the efforts land sharks,” the official told TOI.

    As per present estimates, around 60 per cent of such lands have been encroached. Of the remaining 40 per cent, 20 per cent has been utilised by SCB to build parks and other amenities while 20 per cent is still vacant.

    Around four years back, SCB had passed a resolution to build community halls and gyms, develop lawns on the ‘40 per cent lands’ but built them in only one or two land parcels. Residents are now urging the board to either hand over the maintenance of such areas to GHMC or set up a horticulture wing for the same, similar to the one in GHMC.










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      Andhra Pradesh mining department violated norms in sand mining: NGT panel

      The APMDC levied a fine of Rs 1 lakh on contractor PMR Infra India Private Ltd for violating the terms of the contract. The joint committee said the APMDC carried out sand excavation in river Araniar at Sururupalli in Chittoor district to extract sand for local needs. Representative Image


      HYDERABAD: A National Green Tribunal (NGT) joint committee found that AP mining department has violated environmental rules while doing sand mining in Araniar river.

      The APMDC levied a fine of Rs 1 lakh on contractor PMR Infra India Private Ltd for violating the terms of the contract.

      The joint committee said the APMDC carried out sand excavation in river Araniar at Sururupalli in Chittoor district to extract sand for local needs.

      As per the guidelines of the ministry of environment and forest, clearance has to be obtained from the district Environmental Impact Assessment Authority for mining in areas less than or equal to five hectares.

      “The APMDC has carried out sand mining without obtaining clearence and consent for operation from APPCB. The Pollution Control Board may impose environment compensation on defaulting departments like mines and geology,” said the joint committee.

      The NGT issued orders on September 21, appointing the joint committee and to inspect the area and file a report after Dasu Manikantaiah filed a petition in NGT southern bench.

      The petitioner alleged that sand mining was done in Chittoor district without environmental clearences.

      Chittoor district officials said: “As per the new sand policy of AP government, environment clearance is required for four and above order streams but not for one to three order streams. It is only for local consumption needs and not for commercial mining.”

      The irrigation department has classified Araniyar river, which flows through Sururupalli, as a third-order stream.

      “Environment clearance and consent for establishment are not warranted for sand excavation in the Sururupalli sand reach,” the officials said.

      NGT panel said the APMDC carried out sand excavation river Araniar at Sururupalli in Chittoor district to extract sand for local needs. The APMDC levied a fine of Rs 1 lakh on contractor for violating the terms of the contract.










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        No house sites on hillocks, says Andhra Pradesh HC

        Social activists S Maheswari and Y Vijayalakshmi filed separate petitions challenging the action of the tahsildar allotting 10 acres of hillock land for the purpose of giving house sites under Navaratnalu - Pedalandariki Illu scheme.
        VIJAYAWADA: Allotting house sites in hillocks is in violation of the Constitution and international treaties to which India is a signatory, said the Andhra Pradesh high court in a recent judgment.

        Disposing two writ petitions filed challenging the allotment of 10 acres on Yetteramma Gutta, a hillock at Kuntrapakam village under Tirupati rural mandal in Chittoor district, Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy observed that the land identified for communal purpose cannot be allotted to others even after its classification is changed.

        Social activists S Maheswari and Y Vijayalakshmi filed separate petitions challenging the action of the tahsildar allotting 10 acres of hillock land for the purpose of giving house sites under Navaratnalu - Pedalandariki Illu scheme. They argued that allotment of hillock land for house sites is in contravention of government orders in which it is specifically mentioned that land in ecologically sensitive zones should not be considered for the purpose of house sites.

        They further argued that Yetteramma Gutta has several temples. People perform pujas besides grazing their cattle. As the hillock provides livelihood to locals and is connected with their religious practices it cannot be allotted for house sites. The state government argued that only 10 out of 131 acres are being taken for house sites and no damage to its ecology or biodiversity is taking place with the allotment.

        Considering arguments on both sides, Justice Satyanarayana Murthy observed that highest priority should be given to preserving and protecting environment. Citing a Supreme Court judgment in which changes to masterplan were quashed as the land earmarked for parks was used for other purposes, he said that if so much importance is being given to manmade structures with regard to green zones, highest priority should be given for gifts given by the nature.

        Justice Satyanarayana Murthy said it is the constitutional obligation of governments to protect biodiversity. The right to life and right to safe environment are constitutional rights guaranteed under articles 48-A and 51-A.

        He directed the tahsildar not allot the hillock land not only for the purpose of house sites but also for any other purpose even after the classification of the said land is changed.










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          Hyderabad: NGT panel finds Ameenpur nalas encroached

          The joint committee has also recommended immediate cancellation of construction permission granted to Lalitha Constructions and others.
          HYDERABAD: The joint committee, appointed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), has confirmed encroachments at Ameenpur nalas leading to flooding of nearby colonies during the rains. The joint committee has also recommended immediate cancellation of construction permission granted to Lalitha Constructions and others.

          The joint committee of Sangareddy district collector, senior irrigation officials and lake protection committee representatives said: “Encroachments and constructions are observed in the floodwater stream and its buffer area duly diverting the surplus course by dumping the soils and also reducing the width of the surplus course. It led to partial blocking of the flow of water.”

          The committee also said construction of houses was taken up on surplus stream and buffer zone. “It is observed that Lalita Constructions has built a club house in the alignment of surplus channel and buffer zone. An individual, Vemulawada Kumara Swamy, has constructed three individual residential buildings which are partly affecting the surplus channel and buffer zone,” it pointed out.

          During the rains, nearby colonies were inundated due to obstructions created in the natural water path because of dumping of soil and construction activity, the committee explained.

          The National Green Tribunal appointed the joint committee on August 27 this year to inspect the nala and file a report after Human Rights and Consumer Protection Cell Trust and Krishna Brundavan Association filed a plea against Lalitha Constructions in the NGT southern zone.

          They challenged the technical approval given to Lalitha Constructions for construction of five towers and blocks allegedly on floodwater canals on the outlet nala of Kothacheruvu tank and inlet nala of Bandam Kommu tank of Ameenpur.

          The petitioners alleged that the builder damaged the natural flood canals and made deep excavations for constructing the towers, which led to flooding of adjacent colonies and caused damage to other private properties.

          The petitioners demanded cancellation of HMDA’s technical approval given to Lalitha Constructions and restore all floodwater nalas and to demolish the illegal constructions in the FTL and buffer zone.

          “The respondent has got the building permission from Ameenpur gram panchayat.

          We have informed the district panchayat officer to take action for cancellation of the permissions,” said the joint committee.











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            Legitimate residents to get 300 sq ft plots in Aurangabad

            Authorities said that the people’s representatives have assured 130 families, which are considered to be legitimate residents of these colonies, will get 300 square feet of land in the Padegaon or Harsul area. Representative Image

            AURANGABAD: After the residents of Vishwasnagar Labour Colony reached out to the Bombay high court seeking relief, the public works department on Tuesday, issued a public appeal asking the residents to submit their claim related to the documents at the district collector’s office before 5pm on Wednesday.

            Authorities said that the people’s representatives have assured 130 families, which are considered to be legitimate residents of these colonies, will get 300 square feet of land in the Padegaon or Harsul area.

            The decision was taken during a meeting with people’s representatives called by district collector Sunil Chavan. Shiv Sena MLC Ambadas Danve said, “The decision has been taken to allot 300 square feet plot to the legitimate residents of these colonies.”

            Echoing him, MP Imtiaz Jaleel said that the residents will have to submit all the relevant documents proving these quarters were allotted to their father or grandparents by the government.

            Following the decision, PWD executive engineer issued a public appeal, making the residents scramble for documents. Meanwhile, two different action committees have been formed by the residents and they held a sit-in agitation opposite to district collector’s office.

            The announcements were made via public announcement systems apart from the pasting of the public notices in this regard.

            The district administration’s move to demolish 338 residential quarters spread across 20 acres of prime land in the colony is receiving stiff resistance from the locals, while people’s representatives too have come out in support of the ‘legitimate’ residents and are demanding rehabilitation for all the incumbent occupants.

            The locals while claiming that ownership title of the land is yet to be established, alleged that structural audit reports were prepared without even physically surveying quarters.










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              Hyderabad: 43 illegal buildings on government land razed in Gopanpally

              The drive was carried out by the radial roads division of the roads and buildings department to make way for six radial roads in the area. File photo


              HYDERABAD: Amid tight security, civic authorities demolished 43 unauthorised structures at Gopanpally tanda, near Tellapur, built on government land. The drive was carried out by the radial roads division of the roads and buildings department to make way for six radial roads in the area.

              Mild tension prevailed at the demolition site when half a dozen earth movers reached the spot around 8 am on Saturday, leaving residents and traders agitated. About 150 policemen from six police stations under the Cyberabad commissionerate had to be deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

              “We are shocked to see them demolish our properties since the officials did not intimate us about it. They did not give us time to vacate the premises,” said K Prabhavathi, a local of the area. Another resident, Hanumanthu, said, “Half of my grocery shop has been affected. I have lost my bread and butter,” he rued.

              Dr Vanishree, a gynaecologist said, “We have been running the hospital for the past four years and now authorities have turned up to demolish it.”

              According to authorities, the properties — residential and commercial — have encroached on government land (Sy No 34). “Apart from these, we have to acquire another 15 properties built on private land for the project. These owners will be compensated accordingly,” said Rajendranagar RDO, Chandrakala. She added: “We served notices to all owners three times asking them to vacate the premises. Only after that we have started demolition.”

              According to deputy engineer, R&B (radial roads division), Krishna Reddy, a two-lane flyover has been proposed at Gopanpally tanda connecting Tellapur and Outer Ring Road that would benefit over 1.5 lakh commuters. “The state government is spending ₹11 crore to build it. It has been delayed due to land acquisition,” he said.








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                CBDT detects Rs 75 crore black income after raids on real estate groups in AP, Telangana

                "The search operation has resulted in the detection of undisclosed income to the tune of about Rs 75 crore," the CBDT said in a statement.
                • PTI
                • November 17, 2021, 09:47 IST

                NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department detected undisclosed income of Rs 75 crore after raiding three different real estate business groups based in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the CBDT said on Tuesday. The searches were carried out on November 10 at 30 premises in Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

                "The search operation has resulted in the detection of undisclosed income to the tune of about Rs 75 crore," the CBDT said in a statement.

                It added that Rs 1.20 crore in cash and jewellery valued at Rs 90 lakh were seized and prohibitory orders placed on nine bank lockers found during the raids.

                The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the tax department.

                "Various incriminating evidence such as digital evidence, hand-written books, loose sheets containing undisclosed cash transactions were seized during the searches," it said

                "The analysis of this evidence reveals that expenses have been inflated through bogus claims, to suppress taxable income," the CBDT alleged.

                The statement claimed that these groups made "transactions in cash which have not been reflected in the books of accounts".










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                  Telangana uses drones to inspect power lines, towers and minimises human intervention

                  By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | November 16, 2021 6:16:43 pm

                  Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao. (Twitter/@MinisterKTR)

                  Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday announced the successful completion of a pilot project that explored the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (EAVs) for the inspection of extra high tension (EHT) transmission towers and lines to overcome the limitations of manual inspections.

                  In the year-long pilot, which began in August 2020, drones and artificial intelligence tools were used to undertake aerial surveys and generate inspection reports. The emerging technologies wing of Telangana’s ITE&C department partnered with Transmission Corporation of Telangana (TS-Transco) for the project.

                  During the trials, Hyderabad-based startup Centillion Networks demonstrated its capabilities in drone technology for inspection, monitoring, and patrolling of EHT transmission towers, lines, and substations with a high-quality 4K resolution camera and AI-based image recognition system.

                  According to a release from the minister’s office, the project was undertaken for the inspection of EHT transmission line towers for 220 KV Chandrayagutta – Ghanpur line, 220 KV Shivarampally – Gachibowli line, 132 KV Minpur -Jogipet line, 220 KV Budidampadu – Waddekothapally line, and for another 10 towers. Centillion Network used drones fitted with high-resolution cameras and the inspection of each tower was completed within 20 minutes.

                  The aerial survey and tower inspection were conducted by Centillion Networks in the presence of officials from TS-Transco and the ITE&C department. With high-resolution imagery from drones and AI-based feature identification, inspection reports with photos and videos were prepared for each tower along with the specification of exact issues to suggest actionable interventions.

                  Principal secretary (ITE&C department) Jayesh Ranjan said inspection of towers for TS-Transco is one of the most innovative use-cases of leveraging drone technology. “The use of drones can both speed up the activities and reduce the hazards to humans in various situations such as this. With the new drone rules liberalising the sector, the adoption can be rapidly scaled,” he said.

                  The department estimates that automated inspections using drones can reduce man-hours and costs by approximately 50 per cent, in addition to reducing the potential life risk that is posed by manual inspection of high-tension lines. Also, the reports generated by drones help the department in resolving the issues quickly as per the specifications/manuals, it said.

                  Venkat Chundi, founder of Centillion Networks & HC Robotics, said tower inspection by drones will provide complete and accurate data for analysis. Such regular and periodic inspections could reduce the maintenance costs as well. Since accurate data is collected the risk involved during manual repairs can be reduced to a great extent, he said.

                  According to the release, the project is soon expected to be scaled up by TS-Transco.











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                    EFC leases 60,000 sq ft space in Hyderabad, 38,000 sq ft in Mumbai

                    Average rent in Hyderabad spaces will be Rs 5,500 per seat per month while in BKC it will be Rs 14,000 per seat per month. File photo

                    NEW DELHI: Entrepreneur Facilitation Centre (EFC), a Pune-based flexible workspace provider, has leased 28,000 sq ft office space in Hi-Tech city and 32,000 sq ft space in Begumpet, Hyderabad, informed Umeash Sahhaaii, CEO of the company.

                    The company has also leased 38,000 sq ft space in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai.

                    Average rent in Hyderabad spaces will be Rs 5,500 per seat per month while in BKC it will be Rs 14,000 per seat per month.

                    While in 2020, demand was subdued due to the pandemic, Sahhaaii says the interest from corporate and MSMEs is returning. EFC claims to have managed to keep all its centres despite the pandemic and that the occupancy at all its centres is now back to 75-80%.

                    "Post pandemic, there is an increased demand for managed offices or enterprise solutions as this reduces companies operating cost. Also, many now are opting for hybrid models and hence such flexible spaces make more sense," he said.

                    As for the pandemic, Sahhaaii says that it did have an impact on their revenue as landlords refused to reduce rent while they had to provide discount to their tenants in order to retain them. "Operators were the most impacted as they acted as a cushion for the tenants. Overall, the average rents have also dipped but with demand coming up, we are hopefull for a rise in rent as well in coming months."

                    EFC is planning to open 20 more centres across India in the next one year.








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                      HC takes exception to single judge order on Navaratnalu-Pedalandariki Illu scheme

                      On the assurance of advocate general that the state government is ready to allot house sites to men where no women are present in the family, the high court directed the state government to file an additional affidavit and posted the matter for further hearing to Thursday.
                      VIJAYAWADA: The high court on Wednesday observed that the single judge order in Navaratnalu – Pedalandariki Illu scheme is affecting the women who have already benefited from the scheme by receiving house sites.

                      A division bench of the high court said that the arguments of the beneficiaries should have been considered before passing the orders. On the assurance of advocate general that the state government is ready to allot house sites to men where no women are present in the family, the high court directed the state government to file an additional affidavit and posted the matter for further hearing to Thursday.

                      After hearing about 128 petitioners who moved court alleging non-allotment of house sites to them under the scheme, the high court had earlier directed the state government not to go ahead with any construction without there being an environmental impact assessment with an expert committee.

                      Challenging the single judge order, the state government moved high court arguing that the single judge gave orders beyond the scope of the petitions as none of the petitioners pleaded for impact assessment. Arguing on behalf of the state government, the advocate general S Sriram said that the house sites were allotted to women in line with the Union government scheme of Pradhan Mantri Avaas Yojana.

                      The advocate general further said many of the petitioners who moved high court subsequently received house sites and in case of some others, the officials could not even locate them. As the state government has already spent about Rs 10,000 crore on house sites and Rs 1,800 crore for construction of houses, the scheme should be allowed to continue in order to prevent public money going waste.

                      Arguing on behalf of the petitioners, senior counsel VSR Anjaneyulu said the single judge heard the matter at length and gave a well thought-out judgement. He said that allotting house sites to only women is against the Constitution.

                      The high court bench comprising Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Justice B Krishna Mohan observed that as possession of house sites has already been given, the court should have made them parties and also heard their version before staying the scheme.










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