The famous Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple, situated on the Simhachalam hill range in Visakhapatnam offers holy and mystical vibes to the devotees. The Temple boasts of an excellent hilltop location with lush greenery all around the place by having 9,439 acres of valuable lands in the villages Adavivaram, Vepagunta, Cheemalapalli, Venkatapuram, and Purushottapuram.
Many donors came forward voluntarily and donated thousands of acres of land for the deity’s Puja activities and celebrations. However, with the passage of time, gradually many of the lands have been illegally occupied by the locals and reducing. Due to this, it is becoming a major challenge for Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam Trust to safeguard their-own lands from being encroached and occupied.
There is a dispute, which is going in the courts for 13 acres of Devasthanam land in survey no 291 between private parties and temple trust. Private parties to the case said two decades ago, no objection certificate was granted at that time after paying 1/3rd of the land cost, and subsequently, the same NOC has been canceled. On the other side officials of Simhachalam Devasthanam Trust clearly clarified that no sort of transfer of rights for the 13 acres has been given to anyone. With this, the land that costs Rs. 150 crores have become a continuous dispute between both parties.
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Going one step forward, the Simhachalam Devasthanam Trust has applied to GVMC authorities for regularisation of the same land and subsequently paid requisite fees for laying for the highway roads in the region. But, the concerned authorities behaved blindly without restoring the land rights and without doing proper verification of the documents of the land, asked the private parties to inform the same after leveling the concerned land. With this, the private party to the two decades long-pending dispute initiated the land leveling process beautifully by removing trees and cleaning the surrounding bushes.
On top of that, some sort of construction activity also completed. On getting information about the happening, Simhachalam Devasthanam Trust does not respond initially. All this and more happening, due to handing over of ad-hoc charge of EO Simachalam to V Trinadha Rao, who is presently serving as Executive Officer of Annavaram Temple Trust, it is becoming increasingly difficult to oversee the day to day activities and operations. The existing AEO of Simhachalam Temple Anand Kumar is said to be having a quite limited role in temples activities.
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