: State government’s move to issue house pattas to around 1.15 lakh families residing in hilly terrains of the city is receiving a positive response from the beneficiaries. Around two lakh families across the city are residing in government lands (hill poramboke lands) and most of them have been demanding for the last three decades to get land pattas issued.
The state government, which conducted a detailed survey in the city, identified 1.15 lakh genuine beneficiaries residing in illegal constructions in hilly areas. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu issued pattas worth Rs 7,500 crore to the beneficiaries
The beneficiaries are happy with the regularisation of their lands and request the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to improve infrastructure.
“We were called illegal residents and no amenities were provided for us. The government finally regularised our lands and issued pattas, which gave us a legal right. The civic authorities should repair the dilapidated stairs and pathways in Chittinagar area,” said Ponnuru Narayana Rao, a resident of One town.
Left parties claimed that the government has finally come down with their agitations. “Telugu Desam is trying to gain in coming general elections by issuing land pattas to the poor. We are agitating along with beneficiaries for several decades and the ruling party has come down with our protests,” said Communist Party of India (CPI) city secretary, Donepudi Shankar.
Water resources minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that their government is committed to fulfill election promises. “No one agitated against our government to issue pattas. We have promised hill dwellers to regularise their lands and we have fulfilled it. This is a gift of CM Chandrababu Naidu to the poor in Vijayawada city. Our government has proved that it is in favour of the poor,” he said.