By Accommodation Times News Service
Justice MS Ramachandra Rao of Hyderabad High Court sought the stand of AP government on the issue of earmarking five percent land for Affordable Housing Scheme for poorer sections in the capital area of Amaravati. The judge recorded the undertaking given by AP counsel that the state is in favour of implementing this norm.
The judge was dealing with a case filed by scores of poor villagers from Rayapudi village, Tullur mandal of Guntur district. They said that the CRDA Act and its rules mandate the earmarking of five percent of total land in pooling area for Affordable Housing Scheme for poorer sections. The petitioner complained that in the final master plan and the zonal plans, there is no mention how much area is given for housing the poor. The national level guidelines mandate 10 percent area for housing the poor. The petitioners contended that detailed master plan of the notified capital city area was published by CRDA for an area of 21,722.2 hectares or around 53676.7 acres. The judge questioned the authorities to explain as to how they would fulfil this objective. The court recorded the statement made by standing counsel for the CRDA that five percent land will be given to Affordable Housing Scheme for poorer sections as per the Act. The case was adjourned to October 25 with a direction to the authorities to file counter explaining their stand on this issue.
State to bring out order on AP tribunal row
With the Hyderabad High Court turning critical on the way the Centre chose to cease the jurisdiction of AP administrative tribunal over the state of Telangana without deciding the fate of 8,500 pending cases pertaining to Telangana employees at the tribunal, the Telangana advocate general K Ramakrishna Reddy on Thursday told a bench of acting chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan that the state would bring out a suitable order to this effect. The bench wanted him to do that by Friday. The court is likely to pass an interim direction on Friday after hearing the AG in the petitions that questioned the cessation of the jurisdiction of the tribunal over T state.
Amaravati plea posted to Oct 13
A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising acting chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice U Durga Prasad Rao on Thursday posted to October 13 the writ appeal filed by the state of AP and its CRDA seeking the vacation of the stay on the tender process for developing a master developer for constructing capital Amaravati.