, by INAMUL HAQ
This was revealed during a visit of Andhra Pradesh state assembly committee on minority welfare to some of the areas on the outskirts of the city.
The committee found that the previous Telugu Desam government had allotted the prime wakf land to
It was also revealed that 420 acres of
It was also found that the government encroached 490 acres of land belonging to Jamia Nizamia, 125-year-old Islamic institution. Hyderabad Urban Development Authority has taken over the land, which was donated by Nizam of the erstwhile
The committee comprising Muslim MLAs belonging to various parties also surveyed 1654 acres of land donated by Nizam to Dargah Hazrat Hussain Shah Vali in neighboring Ranga Reddy district.
The government has allotted 660 acres of this land to Andhra Pradesh industrial infrastructure corporation and 250 acres to
The land belonging to
The visit by the committee came after the prime land was totally encroached and at a time when the real estate prices around the city are skyrocketing. The land prices range from Rs.5 crore to Rs.15 crore per acre.
There is little possibility of recovering the encroached land as the concrete structures have come up on the land. The wakf board has no documentary evidence to prove that the entire land belonged to it. With the government itself being the encroacher, the revenue department and district administration of Ranga Reddy is not ready to help wakf board in recovering the land. The revenue officials and district administration have also decided not to extend any cooperation making the task of the house committee more difficult.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi demanded that the land allotted to multinational companies be made tenants of wakf board and Muslims be given 10 per cent seats in educational institutions and 10 per cent jobs in these companies.
“The government should prove its sincerity towards protection of the wakf land and take proper steps,” demanded Owaisi.