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    Telangana: 10 lakh acres of forest land under threat

    U Sudhakar Reddy / TNN / Updated: Nov 23, 2022, 05:41 IST



    Out of 11.5L acres forest land, 3.94L acre encroached & claimed for rights

    HYDERABAD: Telangana government's move to grant forest land rights ahead of an election year is posing a grave threat to lakhs of acres of forest land in the state.

    The tribal welfare department with the help of forest and revenue departments is currently doing a massive exercise to grant forest rights to the encroachers, which resulted in a spurt in fresh encroachments and conflict between foresters and Gutti Koya tribals and non-tribals as well.

    Out of 11.5 lakh acres of forest land applications filed, only 1.6 lakh acres of encroachment before 2005 is eligible for the rights. Whereas 5.6 lakh acres encroached after 2005 and as per the Act, is ineligible for the rights.

    Out of these encroachments, the forest department has retrieved 61,911 acres and raised plantations. One such is the area in which forest range officer Ch Srinivasa Rao tried to save the plantation in Bhadradri Kottagudem district and was killed by encroachers.

    Around 3.6 lakh acres is still forest land and not encroached but yet claimed. Currently, there are attempts to chop this forest over which environmentalists have expressed deep concerns.
    Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in September 2021 had written to the Centre asking to extend the 2005 cut-off date for the 'benefit' of poor tribal people.

    In Telangana during the united Andhra Pradesh regime, 96,676 tribal families were given rights over 3.33 lakh acres of forest land under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (RoFR) Act 2006.

    KCR then wrote to Union home minister Amit Shah. "Some issues related to forest lands continue to remain unsolved, which makes the people vulnerable to left-wing extremism. The claims of 30,601 people for an extent of 1.2 lakh acres were rejected on ground of occupation beyond the cut-off date on December 13 2005. The claims of non-tribal poor people could not be considered under the Act," the chief minister said and asked for the amendment of the Act for a permanent resolution.

    A writ petition was filed in the Telangana high court alleging that constitution of district coordination committees was illegal.

    Forest rights committees were also formed in about 5,750 habitations and claims were filed in 3,911 gram panchayats in 33 districts. FRCs verify all claims and evidence and measure the extent of GPS coordinates.

    The committee will then inform the village revenue assistant, forest beat officer, forest section officer and claimant to be present on the date of verification.

    Gram sabhas will either reject or accept the claim. Divisional and district-level committees will go through the gram sabha resolutions. The district-level committee will prepare forest rights title books for all approved claims and distribute them.

    As per the analysis of the report, on an average, a tribal has claimed 3.2 acres of land and a non-tribal claimed 2.5 acres of land.









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      Telangana CM to meet district collectors to address Dharani woes

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      With complaints flooding from the public, farmers, political parties and even ruling party MLAs expressing fears of Dharani shadow on poll prospects, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has now decided to address the concerns.


      HYDERABAD: It was meant to simplify land records and transactions, but there is no end in sight for problems plaguing Dharani land portal two years since its launch and after 26 lakh transactions.

      With complaints flooding from the public, farmers, political parties and even ruling party MLAs expressing fears of Dharani shadow on poll prospects, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has now decided to address the concerns. All district collectors have been asked to be ready to have a meeting with the CM either on Friday or Saturday on revenue issues, especially on resolving Dharani problems.

      Grievances have been piling up over the past two years with thousands of land owners and farmers being forced to make the rounds of tahsildar offices, especially to get their patta lands removed from prohibitory list as they cannot sell it.

      “Many patta lands were included in prohibitory list under 22A even if one gunta of bhoodan, ceiling, endowment or government land is in that survey number. The survey number is completely auto-locked to prevent any transaction. Also, many survey numbers are missing on Dharani portal after digitisation and lakhs of pattadars have still not received passbooks. Issuance of Occupancy Rights Certificates (ORCs) were stopped and there is no provision on Dharani portal,” Gummi Rajkumar Reddy of Dharani Bhoosamasyala Vedika (Forum for Dharani land issues) told TOI on Tuesday.

      The organisation alleged that over the past one year they had submitted half-a-dozen letters to the CM and Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA), but the government did not bother to resolve the issues.

      With criticism mounting over inclusion of private patta lands as prohibited properties in 22A, it was only a week ago that CCLA and chief secretary Somesh Kumar issued instructions to all district collectors to dispose of the grievances on a priority basis.

      The revenue authorities have been been guidelines to follow while resolving 22A land cases. For instance, if there was a court stay prohibiting the recorded pattadar from alienating land, then the relevant sub-division should be retained in the same category. Similarly, officials have to check the assignment register as per Record of Rights (ROR) and if there was any conclusive proof, then those sub-divisions should be retained. Care should also be taken while clearing assigned, endowment, ceiling and Waqf lands, officials have been told.
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        Hyderabad: Karvy Group chairman booked for selling plots of 2009 sold-out venture

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        Earlier, police had registered cases based on complaints given by a few banks and Karvy’s investors, who were associated with its Karvy Stock Broking Limited (KSBL).


        HYDERABAD: Karvy Group chairman C Parthasarathy is in fresh trouble with Hyderabad Central Crime Station (CCS) sleuths slapping another criminal case against him for allegedly cheating investors by promising plots in a venture belonging to Karvy Realty (India) Pvt Ltd. The latest case is the third one against Karvy Group and its chairman.

        Earlier, police had registered cases based on complaints given by a few banks and Karvy’s investors, who were associated with its Karvy Stock Broking Limited (KSBL). The banks accused Karvy management of pledging shares of clients to raise loans without customers’ consent, besides defaulting on the loans.

        A month ago, a Kolkatabased investor and three others from Kerala had approached Hyderabad police, claiming they invested ₹85 lakh for plots in a venture of Karvy Realty, a subsidary of KSBL. In 2019, an alleged representative of Karvy Realty offered to sell plots in KarvyNova ventures in Maheshwaram. They paid advance for purchase of 1,800 square yard plots each.

        “They all paid advance as part of a scheme where in remaining money could be paid in instalments and, if they fail to provide the plot, money will be returned. But a few months later, Karvy Group landed in financial troubles and it was then the complaints realised they were cheated,” sources in CCS told TOI.

        In the latest case, Karvy Realty (India) Ltd directors — Parthasarathy and V Mahesh — were booked under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

        Karvy Nova venture was started in 2009 and within a short time, the plots were sold. It is being probed why and how the accused could promise plots to complainants in their old project,” police said. In the previous cases, police had already filed charge sheets in the Nampally court. Parthasarathy and other accused, who were arrested earlier, are out on bail.





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          Secunderabad: Hopes on beautification of Ramannakunta brimming

          Sunil Mungara / TNN / Nov 27, 2022, 05:50 IST



          SCB does not have enough funds, we will meet municipal administration and urban development minister KT Rama Rao soon

          SECUNDERABAD: Beautification works on the century old Ramannakunta lake in Secunderabad Cantonment may be taken up given the recent visit to the lake by president cantonment board (PCB) Brigadier Somashankar and chief executive officer, SCB, D Madhukar Naik and senior SCB officials. Officials said though it was too early to read much into the visit, it was an important step in the refurbishing and beautifying of Ramannnakunta lake.

          Though the HMWS&SB laid the sewer trunk network to prevent sewer water flowing into the lake, it did not have an adequate outlet network to let the water out.

          Though the officials did not reveal their plans for the lake beautification, former SCB ward member (wardVI) Pandu Yadavu said 25crore would be needed for beautifying the lake.

          “Since the SCB does not have enough funds, we will meet municipal administration and urban development minister KT Rama Rao soon along with a delegation and urge him to extend financialassistance. We want to develop the lake on the lines of Lumbini Park,” Pandu Yadavu said. He said the entire bund along the shore area of the lake will be developed. Walkways and landscaping are part of beautification plans, he added.









          Secunderabad: Hopes on beautification of Ramannakunta brimming | Hyderabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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            Hyderabad: No takers for recycled materials, builders cite logistics and hold-up

            Ujwal Bommakanti / TNN / Updated: Nov 28, 2022, 07:19 IST



            Hyderabad generates 1,500MT to 2,000MT of construction waste

            HYDERABAD: While the city's two construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling plants are working at 100% capacity to provide recycled materials, only a handful of builders are buying these materials for sustainable construction.

            The two C&D plants set up by GHMC at Jeedimetla and Fathullaguda process 1,000 tonnes of debris daily, and produce bricks, sand, and rock aggregates, which even the civic body itself doesn't utilise. Now, two more C&D waste recycling plants have been set up in the private sector.

            The ministry of housing and urban affairs (MHUA) issued a circular back in March 2016, which mandates the usage of recycled material from C&D waste if available within 100km of the construction site. However, officials admit that more than 90% of construction sites do not adhere to this norm.

            "There is a lack of awareness resulting in a very low compliance rate," a senior official told TOI. "A policy is being proposed by the government to ensure C&D waste recycling material is used by builders - 20% to 25% in their upcoming projects."

            Builders cite logistics, demand for quality and time constraints as major issues for the low demand for recycled construction materials.

            "Main problem is the time taken to provide the recycled construction material is quite high," Ashwin Rao, managing partner of Akshara Group told TOI.










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              Hyderabad air quality going Delhi way this winter

              Ujwal Bommakanti / TNN / Updated: Nov 29, 2022, 07:18 IST



              Garbage being burnt in open space near Pragathi Nagar lake in Kukatpally on Monday, even as the locality is considered one of the polluted areas in the city

              HYDERABAD: It's turning out to be a smoggy winter for Hyderabad with the air quality index (AQI) in many parts of the city going the Delhi way this November.

              Much like the national capital where the average AQI hovers around 250 - anything between 201 and 300 is considered poor - the reading around Hyderabad Zoo on November 27 was as high as 272. The repercussion: Fear of breathing discomfort among locals in case of prolong exposure.

              In 2019, the same area recorded a 'moderately polluted' November, with the AQI being restricted to 150.


              The data collated by the Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) for other areas raises similar alarm. The two industrial areas - Pashamylaram and ICRISAT - for instance saw its AQI levels shoot to 278 and 244 respectively, which officials say is over 55% higher than pre-Covid levels.

              While Sanathnagar managed to keep its air quality 'moderate' with an AQI of 150, it saw the PM 2.5 count - measure of minute dust particle that case respiratory trouble - rise to 'unhealthy' levels with 93.69 ug/m3, highest in Hyderabad. A PM 2.5 level below 12 ug/m3 is considered healthy.

              Given the sharp rise in pollution, TSPCB scientist, B Prasad, said that they will soon hold workshops with various stakeholders including industries in these areas to raise awareness about the issue. "There are various factors, apart from industries, such as increasing vehicular pollution, dust from construction and roads, usage of biomass etc that's impacting the air quality. We have conducted a study on this and a draft report is ready. Soon, the final report will be submitted," Prasad told TOI.

              While the Covid-induced lockdown did give much-needed buffer to vulnerable locations - pollution levels dropped from 20% to over 100% across the city during 2020 and 2021 state's TSPCB's report on Ambient Air Quality of Telangana State During Lockdown - it is back to haunt residents now.

              "Air pollution is a chapter in environment protection. While almost every other country has an Environment Protection Authority (EPA), we don't, despite enacting the Environment Protection Act back in 1986. The TSPCB must identify the contributing factors of air pollution in the city and ensure that the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 is implemented," said retired professor and environmental activist, K Purushotham Reddy.












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                Supreme court says Andhra HC cannot be 'town planner'

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                It observed the Andhra Pradesh High Court cannot be a "town planner" or an "engineer" and direct the government that the capital city should come up in six months.


                NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from farmers and their associations, and the Centre to a plea by the Andhra Pradesh government challenging the high court decision which said the state legislature "lacked competence" to make any law for shifting, bifurcating or trifurcating the capital.

                It observed the Andhra Pradesh High Court cannot be a "town planner" or an "engineer" and direct the government that the capital city should come up in six months.

                A bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna also stayed time-bound directions issued by the high court, including the one that said the state will construct and develop Amaravati capital city and capital region within six months.

                The high court had also ordered the government and the authorities concerned to complete infrastructure development like roads, drainage and electricity and drinking water supply in the Amaravati Capital City and Region within one month.

                The SC bench said it needs to examine the issue at length and posted a batch of petitions filed by the State, farmers, associations and their committees for further hearing on January 31.

                The top court, which asked the parties to file their responses by December, was informed by senior advocate KK Venugopal that the state government has repealed the law for having three different capitals of the State.

                On March 3, the high court had said the inaction of the State and Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA's) failure to develop the capital city and capital region as agreed to in terms of the Development Agreement-cum-Irrevocable General Power of Attorney, is nothing but a deviation from the promise made by the State, defeating legitimate expectation.

                It had said the State and the APCRDA violated the fundamental rights of the petitioners (farmers), as they surrendered their only source of livelihood-over 33,000 acres of fertile land.

                The high court had passed its 300-page verdict on a batch of 63 writ petitions filed by aggrieved farmers of Amaravati region against Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government's decision to make Visakhapatnam the Executive Capital, Kurnool the Judiciary Capital and Amaravati as the Legislative Capital of Andhra Pradesh.






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                  Hyderabad: 15 acre in Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park turns into a cesspool

                  U Sudhakar Reddy / TNN / Updated: Dec 1, 2022, 05:44 IST



                  Industrial sewage nearby industries is reportedly being diverted to Vanasthali National Park

                  HYDERABAD: Forest department has sent an SOS, 'Save Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park', to Telangana State Pollution Control Board (PCB) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). Around 15 acres of forest land, having a significant deer population, has reportedly turned into a cesspool with polluted water, including industrial effluents from Autonagar, at the national park in Kuntloor, Hayatnagar.

                  PCB officials said that they had received a communication from Rangareddy district forest officer Rahul Kisan Jadhav on release of polluted water from Autnonagar into Vanasthali National Park.

                  In the letter, Jadhav said the forest department had received complaints from civil society organisations regarding wastewater being released into the national park.

                  "The polluted water is loaded with harmful and heavy chemicals such as lead, arsenic, fluoride, artificial colours, resin acids, non-biodegradable organic materials and other pollutants. The water is indiscriminately being let off in Kuntloor reserve forest of Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park. The greenery is getting eroded. If animals drink the polluted water, it would lead to their death. The agency releasing the polluted water should be held responsible for the death of these animals," the forest department informed PCB.

                  Industrial sewage mixed with chemical waste from nearby industries is reportedly being diverted to Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park beside the banned dumpyard. "An illegal underground drainage pipe was laid six months ago and connected to Autonagar industrial area line. Sewage is released behind the wall so it is not visible to the public. One corner of the forest is washed away and created a massive chemical cesspool, spread across 15 acres. All the excess water is flowing towards Kuntloor side of the forest," the complaint said

                  Chemicals in the polluted water are harmful not only to the flora, but also to the wildlife and it is destroying the habitat as well. Under Section 29 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, destruction in protected area is prohibited activity. Any contravention of the Act may be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to 25,000 or both.

                  Forest department also quoted the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act which prohibits release of polluted matter.

                  "Without any permission from the state board, no new or altered sewage line can be installed. Further, no STP facility has been installed to treat the polluted water. Thus, it is in contravention of the Water Act also. For contravention of the Act, the concerned industry shall be prosecuted according to the provision of the law. The national park has eco-sensitive one-km boundary, notified by the Union ministry of environment, all around it. The discharge of untreated effluents in natural water bodies and eco-sensitive zones is prohibited. However, Autonagar industries still discharge all effluents, contaminating the national park," the forest department observed.











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                    Andhra Pradesh government to sanction housing for poor in their own plots: Minister

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                    Ramesh — as part of his tour in north Andhra districts — visited Jagananna layout colonies in Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam, and Vizianagaram districts on Tuesday.


                    ANAKAPALLI: Andhra Pradesh housing minister Jogi Ramesh on Tuesday said that the government would sanction houses to poor people who have a piece of their own land in the Urban Development Authority area.

                    He asked the officials to complete the formation of roads, water supply facilities and electricity works on a priority basis in the Jagananna colony layouts.

                    Ramesh — as part of his tour in north Andhra districts — visited Jagananna layout colonies in Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam, and Vizianagaram districts on Tuesday.

                    He reviewed housing for the poor under the Navaratnalu Scheme in Anakapalli and Vizianagaram districts.

                    The minister visited Pydiwada Ahgraharam layout in Anakapalli District, Thangidivalasa Jagananna layout in Visakhapatnam district and the Gungulam layout.

                    Ramesh instructed the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority officials to form the roads immediately to facilitate the beneficiaries and contractors to complete the construction activity at the earliest.

                    The minister instructed electricity officials to complete the electricity works and arrange the electricity supply round the clock.

                    “Twenty-one lakh thirty thousand houses are being constructed in the state. Around 20% of the houses sanctioned to AP are the total sanctioned houses in the country,” he said.

                    Every Saturday, officials in coordination should solve the problems at the field.

                    The minister wished that Anakapalli district should take the lead in the progress of the housing scheme.

                    “Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wants the authorities to take responsibility for the success of the scheme to provide houses for all. Bills would be paid immediately as there is no shortage of funds,” he said.

                    Deputy chief minister Budi Mutyala Naidu and minister Gudivada Amarnath said that they would represent the problems faced by the public, if at all any, and forward the suggestions to the officials concerned.

                    District collector Ravi Pattan Shetty explained the progress of the construction of houses in different mandals in the district through a PowerPoint presentation.

                    The minister visited Tangidivalasa layout in Visakhapatnam district in which 16,000 houses are sanctioned and construction activity is going on.

                    He expressed satisfaction with the work.
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                      Hyderabad: Footpath encroachments at Edi Bazaar demolished

                      Ujwal Bommakanti / TNN / Updated: Dec 3, 2022, 06:44 IST



                      Illegal encroachments being demolished by GHMC at Edi Bazaar in Old City

                      HYDERABAD: Acting on several complaints, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is conducting a demolition drive against encroachments in various parts of the Old City. On Thursday, officials demolished a line of shops built on the footpaths of Edi Bazaar with an excavator.

                      Tension prevailed after local vendors objected to the demolition, forcing cops to intervene. Local MIM leaders reached the spot and tried to counsel vendors. "The demolition drive has been taken up as part of junction improvement works. Devotees visiting local Dargahs, including pedestrians, are finding it difficult and it is important that the road is widened," Md Ali Sharif, Lalithabagh corporator, said.

                      Officials said that the land belongs to the Waqf Board and that the GHMC is acting in consultation with Board officials. Officials said repeated notices have been issued to the vendors. "We have taken action after giving appropriate notices to the shops. While some replied, many haven't," a GHMC official said. Since the beginning of October, demolitions have taken place at Tolichowki, Khilwat, Abdullapur and other places as part of 'Removal of Obstructive Parking and Encroachments' (ROPE) initiative.

                      Officials said the demolition drive across Old City, especially against 'Chabutras', is being conducted as part of government's road widening plans. Over 1,000 such structures have been demolished across south zone. Chabutras were removed across Chandrayangutta, Hafeez Baba Nagar, Bahadurpura, Kishanbagh and Santosh Nagar areas. Soon after the demolition, the roads are levelled to ensure the space is meant for free flow of traffic. Officials warned that criminal cases would be booked against those building Chabutras or any other form of stalls on footpaths.












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