Land of Lanco Hills’ highrise will be resumed: Harish

‘Telangana Wafk Act will be enacted in the Assembly’

Minister for Irrigation and Assembly Affairs T. Harish Rao announced that the State government would resume the Wakf lands currently ‘owned’ by Lanco Hills in Hyderabad.

He said the State government would withdraw the case filed by the Congress government in the Supreme Court which maintained that the lands where Lanco Hills had built a posh apartment complex did not belong to the Wakf Board.

Participating in a meeting on Wakf lands held at the Collectorate here on Friday, along with Deputy Speaker M. Padma Devender Reddy and Wakf CEO Abdul Hameed, the Minister said that in addition to withdrawing the case, the government would also request the Supreme Court to allot these lands to the Wakf Board. .

Stating that a tough law – Telangana Wafk Act – in place of the existing Andhra Pradesh Wakf Act would be enacted by the Assembly to protect these lands, Mr. Harish Rao said that the muttawallis would be asked to pay 90 per cent of the revenue to the Wakf Board instead of seven per cent.

Informing that the revenue officials at the mandal level would also be entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the Wakf lands, Mr. Harish Rao said that about 77,000 acres of Wakf land had been identified in Telangana State of which 26,000 acres was in Medak district alone.

“About 80 per cent of land was occupied which the government is committed to resume at any cost.

The Wakf Board will get all the support from the Revenue and Police Department in the process,” he said.

In-charge Collector A. Sarath said that they had decided to hold a meeting once every month to review the progress.

Case filed by Congress govt. in apex court saying that Lanco Hills’ land did not belong to the Wakf Board to be withdrawn

‘Telangana govt. will request the Supreme Court to allot these lands to the Wakf Board’

Courtesy: The Hindu

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