HYDERABAD: In a novel move, details of government lease lands including the image of the land, a 30-second video, survey number and the locality will be uploaded on a web portal.

The Hyderabad district administration has come up with this idea to protect government lease lands from land sharks and to avoid deviation by the owners (lessees) of the property and illegal constructions. This experiment is the first of its kind in Hyderabad, officials said.

“Though the united Andhra Pradesh gave opportunity for conversion of the lease lands to free-hold, few responded. For instance, the total number of properties is 2,300, out of which 561 properties were identified as not-opted for conversion and continuing under renewal of lease agreement category. We have identified a total of 383 properties available in different areas and of which, 133 properties have been identified in Jeera area (behind Hotel Marriott), Tank Bund,” Hyderabad joint collector, Surendra Mohan told TOI.

“In fact, there are 45 properties occupied by places of worship like temples, churches, mosques and also schools, government institutions and charitable trusts,” he added.

“We have recommended a total of 561 properties to the Telangana government for consideration for conversion to free-hold. We have identified some residential and commercial properties on lease lands”, he said.

Authorities will videograph 133 properties located in Jeera area and upload them in the web portal for access by the general public. “Already instructions have been given to revenue authorities to shoot the video and take the images of the properties. We will upload the details including extent of land, area, name of the lessee, survey number and boundaries of the property concerned and a photograph in the portal so that encroachment could be prevented”, said the joint collector.

All the process will be completed in a month and in January, 2016, the general public can visit the portal and even senior officials, including Hyderabad collector, chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) officials and other revenue officials can view them, added the revenue official.

According to the Hyderabad district revenue records, around 2,300 properties in Secunderabad revenue sub-divisional jurisdiction were leased out to private persons since 1933 by the military estate officer, Secunderabad, as per the Secunderabad and Aurangabad Cantonment Land Administration Rules 1930.

The former Hyderabad government took over these lands in 1945 and framed Secunderabad Area Land Administration Rules, 1946, and later on, the Andhra Pradesh government passed the Andhra Pradesh (Secunderabad Area) Land Administration Rules in 1976.

Till 1991, Andhra Pradesh Housing Board (APHB) administered the lease lands and later all the files related to lease lands were transferred to estate officer, Secunderabad, which is under Hyderabad district administration’s jurisdiction. The lease period was for 90 years, including perpetual lease, renewable every 30 years.

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Source: TOI-Hyd