The CPI (M) City Committee has opposed the state government’s reported move to sell 13.59 acres of land and 18 other properties on Beach Road in the city.
The YSRCP government has laid the foundation stone for the sale of land in the city as part of the “Build AP Mission” project, CPI (M) City Secretary B. Ganga Rao said in a statement here on Wednesday. He recalled that the state government had promised to terminate the agreement made in the past by the Chandrababu Naidu government with the LuLu group and instead use the land identified for the project for public purposes.
Although the agreement with the LuLu group was terminated, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government now planned to hand over the same land to another developer instead of using it for a public purpose as promised, the CPI (M) leader claimed, adding added that the state government put the land up for sale when the elections for the Greater VIsakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) were over.
The plan was to sell 16 acres in the first phase. It would then dump property from the government’s regional eye clinic, Visalakshinagar police district, Andhra University and GVMC, and finance department property in various locations around the city. These lands should not be diverted for any purpose other than public use, he said.
Mr. Ganga Rao reminded that the governments of Rajasekhar Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu had sold government land under different names in the past. Now Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government followed the same line. The center has already announced the sale of the Visakhapatnam Steel Mill (VSP), and now the state and central government wanted to sell government land and power supplies in the city to meet their household needs.
He warned that the CPI (M) would mobilize the public against the sale of government land if the Jagan Mohan Reddy government does not abandon its plan.