Hc Seeks Clarification From Govt On Housing Constructions In R5 Zone, ET RealEstate

July 6, 2023

VIJAYAWADA: The high court on Wednesday directed the state government to clarify whether the Supreme Court has permitted distribution of house sites and also for construction of houses in R-5 zone.

The high court also asked the state government to submit details whether it is going to construct any houses in the proposed R-5 zone in the capital.

The farmers who gave away their land for the construction of the capital in Amaravati have formed welfare associations in all the villages.

The secretaries of all the associations have filed the petition together, challenging the construction of houses in the R-5 zone.

Arguing on behalf of the petitioners, senior counsel Unnam Muralidhar Rao said that the approval given by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) to the 21 layouts formed in R-5 zone for the construction of houses, is in violation of AP Building Rules, 2017. The petitioners also challenged the transfer of land to Guntur and NTR district collectors for allocation of house sites to the people from other areas.

Muralidhar Rao argued that the capital city master plan is being altered with mala fide intentions. He said that they have challenged the legislation passed for amending the master plan and the subsequent gazette notification issued for making changes in the master plan.

Arguing on behalf of the state government, additional advocate general Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy said that the petitions challenging the legislation are pending before the chief justice’s bench.

He raised objection for including chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as party respondents.

The high court bench comprising Justice U Durga Prasad Rao and Justice P Venkata Jyothirmai said that they are not going into the merits of the petition yet. The bench asked additional advocate general to clarify on the point that the Supreme Court order saying that distribution of house sites will be subject to the final outcome of the petitions pending before the high court is only pertaining to house sites or that also include construction of houses.

Issuing notices to all the respondents other than the chief minister, the high court posted the matter for further hearing on July 11.

  • Published On Jul 6, 2023 at 02:00 PM IST

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