NALGONDA: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made a formal announcement of setting up Pharma City in Mucherla of Ranga Reddy district. He surveyed lands in Nalgonda district to identify place for Cinema City. All his plans, however, are going awry as officials advised him that the Cinema City proposal might hit a road block.
According to sources, CM thought of developing Rachakonda area in September itself and got all information from the district administration. Then came the proposal of Cinema City and it was decided to take some industrialists keen in investing in film industry for the survey. Rachakonda area is nearby to National Highway 65 (Hyderabad to Vijayawada) as well as to Hyderabad. Sources said the district administration was also asked to make arrangements, including measures to beef up the security, as the area was once a hotbed of Maoists, but at the last minute the proposal was dropped.
Officials said more than 9,000 acres in Samsthan Narayanpur mandal of Rachakonda area is recognised as forest and any utilisation, occupation or construction activities there require permission from the central government. “When the state government does not have cordial relations with the centre, it is unlikely that the latter gives permission for constructions in the forest area,” an official said.
Besides the notified forest, Rachakonda hills have 2,200 acres of patta land, 2,000 acres of assigned/ceiling land, 600 acres of government land, 400 acres of vacant hillocks and 10 acres of other lands.
Another stumbling block for the proposal is that the hillocks were already identified for setting up Field Firing Range and as per directions of the Centre, 5,630 acre land was already allotted to Bharat Dynamics Limited for the purpose five years ago. The proposal, however, had to be kept on the back burner with the locals taking up a movement against it then.
“We won’t allow firing range here at any cost. For decades, Naxalites took over the hills and they reverberated with gun shots for years. We don’t want to hear gun shots again,” Samsthan Narayanpur mandal ZPTC B Shiva Shankar said. He, however, said they would not mind Cinema City as it would create jobs to locals.