Yadagirigutta Officials Initiate Land Acquisition for Temple Upkeep

2,033 acres of land around the temple will be developed into a reserve forest, spiritual centres, say officials

Published: 13th May 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2015 03:58 AM   |  A+A-


NALGONDA: The district administration has initiated various measures to expedite the works for the development of Yadadri, more popularly known as Yadagirigutta. With Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao keen on developing Yadagirigutta, on lines of Tirumala, the district administration had reportedly come up with a blueprint for Yadagiri Divyakshetram Development Plan.

This proposed plan talks of a development model that covers 2,033 acres, including 400 acres that would be developed as Narasimha Abhayaranyam (reserve forest) and the rest that will be utilised for developing Kalyanamandapam, parks and spiritual centres. The state government is planning to set up a separate board to monitor the development of the temple area, after the process of land acquisition is complete.

According to officials, a total of 2,033 acres in five villages will be notified and acquired. The villages are Yadgiripally, Saidapur, Dattarupally and Gundlpally in Yadagirigutta mandal and Raigiri in Bhongiri mandal. Of the total 2,033 acres, 207 acres belong to the state government, 166 acres is temple land and the rest of the 1,033 acres belong to farmers.

A detailed survey of the private lands including their survey numbers, owners and pattadars names and land holdings, from the revenue records has been completed. Officials said, joint collector N Sathyanarayana and Yadagirigutta, Bhongiri mandal tahsildars have convened meetings with villagers a couple of times to convince them to handover their land for the temple’s development.

The state government has sanctioned `100 crore as compensation in return for the lands from the farmers, and the endowment department has released another `8 crore for this purpose.

Officials have identified the landowners of the lands needed by the temple and this includes 1,500 farmers and other private individuals from the five villages.

The district administration said it has convinced the farmers at Datharupally and Yadagiripally to sell their 319 acres in total.

Farmers who own around 150 acres of the aforementioned 319 acres of land have forward and registered their lands to Yadagirigutta Development Authority for `11 crore. The Joint Collector has expressed confidence that the remaining lands will also be acquired soon.

Security Measures

Meanwhile, the district police administration had sent proposals regarding the security at the temple to the government.  SP Vikram Jeet Duggal visited Yadagirigutta and inspected the metal detectors, CC cameras and other security arrangements on the temple premises.  Considering that the tourist flow will increase once the temple is developed, the police officials said there is every possibility of an increase in the law and order problems.

Sources said, the district police had proposed  an additional 600 constables, one DSP, an additional CI, 10 SIs apart from setting up a crime and traffic police station and another police station on the Yadagirigutta hillock.


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