The attempts of the State government led by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to distribute house sites to over 54,000 landless poor in Amaravati capital region had led to a massive road block on Friday.
The Andhra Pradesh high court has suspended the government orders on making changes in the masterplan of Amaravati enabling the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to allot lands to the revenue department for distribution of houses sites for four weeks.
The high court gave the interim orders suspending the gazette notification after a petition was filed by farmers of Amaravati and the court hearing the arguments from both the farmers and the government. The court further deferred the case to June 17.
YS Jagan has proposed to acquire 1,251 acres belonging to six villages falling under Amaravati capital region, which was originally planned to be developed into the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and proposed to distribute the acquired land among 54,000 landless poor from Vijayawada municipal corporation, Tadepalli, Mangalagiri, Duggirala and Pedakakani areas.
According to his proposal each family will be allotted with one cent (nearly 50 square yards) land. The house site patta would be given in the name of woman beneficiary of the house and the CRDA will take up the development of the layout.
However, the government order was challenged by one of the farmers of Amaravati, who opposed saing that the government cannot misuse the land given by the farmers for construction of the capital city Amravati. The land was given for capital formation to the government not for housing programme for weaker section.
The farmers further argued that if the APCRDA had to make changes in the master plan of Amaravati as per Section 41 of the CRDA Act, it has to take the consent from the local bodies and village committees first.