Transfer 2,450 acres of defence lands to Telangana, CM urges Rajnath

CM informed the minister that the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) of the DRDO is using 2,462 acres of land belonging to the Telangana government in Ravirala village.
CM Revanth Reddy with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday
CM Revanth Reddy with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on MondayPhoto | Express

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Monday urged Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to transfer 2,450 acres of land belonging to the MoD to the state government for widening of roads and other needs in Hyderabad.

Revanth, who met Rajnath in New Delhi, informed the minister that the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) of the DRDO is using 2,462 acres of land belonging to the Telangana government in Ravirala village. Since the RCI, which comes under the ministry, is using state government lands, he requested the transfer of 2,450 acres of defence lands for construction of roads, flyovers and other infrastructure in Hyderabad and surrounding areas. The CM requested Rajnath to agree to the mutual transfer of lands.

Revanth also informed the minister that although a Sainik School had been sanctioned to Warangal in the past, the previous state government did not take steps to construct it and the permission had lapsed. He urged the ministry to renew it or grant fresh permission for the school. 

The chief minister also met Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in New Delhi and urged him to allocate 2.7 lakh houses to Telangana under the Beneficiary-Led Construction (BLC) model in the financial year 2024–25.

The CM told the Union minister that the state government has decided to build 25 lakh houses for the poor in their own places. Out of these, 15 lakh houses will come under the purview of urban development organisations. Assuring him that the state government will construct the houses according to the guidelines of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana Scheme (Urban), the chief minister requested the Union minister to increase the amount allocated per home under this scheme.

The CM recalled that 1,59,372 houses were sanctioned to Telangana earlier under PMAY(U) and a grant of Rs 2,390.58 crore was announced.However, Revanth said that only Rs 1605.7 crore has been released so far and urged the Union minister to release the remaining funds.

Revanth also pointed out to Khattar that the term of the Smart City Mission is ending on June 30 and appealed to him to extend it as the works undertaken have not yet been completed yet. The CM pointed out that while 45 works have been completed in Warangal, another 66 works undertaken in the city at a cost of Rs 518 crore as part of the Smart City Mission are in progress. In Karimnagar, 25 works have been completed while 22 works undertaken at a cost of Rs 287 crore are in progress, he added.

Speaking to reporters at the AICC headquarters, Revanth said that he also requested Khattar to give funds for Musi River rejuvenation and extension of Metro Rail service.

The CM demanded that a judicial commission headed by a sitting judge be constituted to probe the NEET and UGC- NET exam paper leaks and said a CBI investigation was not enough. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where did your guarantee go over NEET conduct?” he said and added that Modi’s warranty had expired.

The CM also met Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in New Delhi on Monday. He urged him to:

  • Sanction 2.7 lakh houses to TG under beneficiary-led construction model

  • Extend Smart City Mission project till June 2025

  • Give funds for Musi river rejuvenation and Metro rail extension

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