VIJAYAWADA: The high court on Thursday disposed of a public interest litigation moved by YSRC MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, challenging the allotment of government land for setting up of TDP office at Atmakuru under Mangalagiri mandal in Guntur district.
The court said as a writ petition has already been moved on the same matter, there is no need to admit a PIL again. Reddy had moved the PIL, contending that the land allocation was made by the previous government by flouting the norms. He argued that the said land was part of ‘Vagu Poramboku’ (catchment area of a rivulet) and the construction made on it is illegal.
The land, measuring 3.6 acres, was given to the TDP on a 99-year lease for construction of the party’s central office. The TDP government had formulated a policy to allot lands to political parties after the state’s bifurcation.
Reddy, in his PIL, challenged GO 228 issued by the then government. He said the GO is against the norms as the said land is environmentally sensitive. The guidelines clearly stipulate that the tank beds, river beds, wet lands and other ecologically sensitive lands should not be given to either government or private organisations for the purpose of construction, he argued. He also pointed out that though the allotted land was only 3.6 acres, in the building permission application, it was shown as 4.35 acres which means the land was encroached.