Decision after complaints that tahsildars were issuing leases without proper
Collectors K. Sunita of Nizamabad, A. Vani Prasad of West Godavari and K.
Damayanti of Mahabubnagar, on the second day of the Collectors’ conference, in
Hyderabad on Wednesday.
HYDERABAD: Leases for mining ores and minerals will
hereafter be allotted by District Collectors in place of tahsildars.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah took this decision on the final
day of the two-day Collectors’ conference here on Thursday following complaints
that tahsildars were issuing the leases without proper survey and study, leading
The decision is significant in the backdrop of the
controversy over iron ore mine lands allotted to the Obulapuram Mining Company
in Anantapur district belonging to the family of Karnataka Tourism Minister G.
Briefing mediapersons on the deliberations of the
conference, Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said it was resolved to make
the general manager of the District Industries Centre, the convener of the
district level task force committee to facilitate establishment of information
Ranga Reddy, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak, Kurnool,
Chittoor, Kadapa, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Guntur and Prakasam districts were
identified for setting up food processing, fisheries, horticulture and minor
forest produce industries using the sum of Rs 25 crore released to each
Mr Rao announced extension up to March 31, the scheme to
regularise illegal layouts in municipalities and municipal corporations.
As owners were unwilling to sell their lands for garbage
yards in urban areas, a legislation would be introduced to overcome this
Meanwhile, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah
said the government had decided to evacuate 122 of the 500 villages marked for
submergence under various projects by June to impound water in some completed
The 500 villages are spread over 16 districts where 33
projects are under construction.
The cost of the evacuation of 122 villages and extension of
rehabilitation and resettlement package to the displaced families has been
estimated at Rs 2,500 crore.
The Minister told reporters that monitoring committees
constituted for Jalayagam projects would review implementation R&R package once
A decision has been taken to implement a lift scheme with
the Godavari as the source to fill Kinnerasani reservoir to continue water
supply to Kothagudem Thermal Power Station which faced water shortage now.
The lift scheme would be completed in two months.
It was also resolved at the meeting to modernise the
Warangal airport at Mamanur by acquiring another 200 acres of land.