October 4, 2020

The Rs.100 Acre Land Scam – Things You Should Know

Highlights:

  • Rs. 100 crore worth RTC land in Guntur given away under Swiss challenge.
  • Rs. 250 crore worth prime RTC land in Gannavaram gifted to HCL.
  • Rs. 20 crores worth RTC land in Narsaraopet grabbed by Kodela’s son.

Tracts of prime land in towns and cities owned by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) are being given away to corporate entities by the then AP government. The cronies of Chandrababu Naidu (the real who is 420 in AP) heavily benefitted out of this greedy decision.

The APSRTC has 1,960 acres of land in 13 districts of AP. As per revenue records, the RTC lands are valued at Rs. 15,000 crores, but the market value would be more than Rs.50,000 crores. The Telugu Desam Party is going to give away the RTC lands to its leaders and their benamis.

In different parts of the state, the RTC has given 33 acres land to different entities for 49 years lease under the BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) model. The remaining land is also on the line of distribution, to industrialists and IT companies. As a part of this, 28 acres of land in Gannavaram was transferred to a private company.

Nara Lokesh’s Dirty Lease Game

The RTC owns 8,643 sq. There were yards of lands (approx. 1.80 acres) near the main bus stand in Guntur, next to the regional manager’s office. The prevailing market rate in this area is said to be over Rs. 1.5 lakh per yard, and going by this, the value of the piece of land would be over Rs. 100 crores. If this land would be put to commercial use, hundreds of crores can be made from it.

The RTC has supplied the tenders to companies favored by the then AP government under its fake Swiss Challenge method, after modifying rules accordingly all thanks to the then CM (the real who is 420 in AP). It did not stop at that, but also decided the lease rates to benefit these companies.

In other words, the Swiss Challenge method is a way of framing rules to ensure that a favored company gets the tender. In this case, Siddapradha Company from Vijayawada, known to be close to Nara Lokesh, was the lone participant in the tender.

Since it fulfilled all the categories laid down by RTC, in a clear one-sided affair, hundreds of crore worth prime land was given away on a 49-year lease to this company.

How Was it Done

The RTC management only took into account the company’s turnover while awarding the tender under the Swiss challenge method. Customarily, engineering experts and officials take into account the requisite experience in construction, as also the value of the project undertaken by the company in question while awarding a contract under the influence of Chandrababu Naidu (the real who is 420 in AP).

They said that if the company had a turnover of Rs. 5 to Rs. 10 crores, it would be eligible to undertake a project. The company which took the land on lease showed a turnover of Rs. 8.45 crores. The single bidder was headed over the tender.

Gannavaram Lands Gifted to HCL

During NTR’s tenure as the CM, he allocated 28 acres of land for the APSRTC Training Centre in Survey No.20/1 of Gannavaram and issued GO No.117 to this effect. The APSRTC took up construction of the building on this land.

However, as the government had decided to hand over this land to HCL, it made the district collector of Krishna district submit a report stating that these lands were not being utilized. Eventually, Rs. 250 crore worth prime land was given away to HCL.

Kodela’s Son Shady Deal

The AP speaker KodelaSivaprasad Rao’s son Sivarama Krishna grabbed Rs. 20 crore worth prime land owned by RTC in Narsaraopeta, through his proxies. He blocked other tenders and ensured that his proxies would be sole participants in the tender of this prime land. Here are the details.

The APSRTC has a depot and a garage in Narsaraopeta on the Guntur-Kurnool highway. Right next to the garage is a piece of land of about 60 cents in which APSRTC staff quarters are situated. Once the TDP came to power, Speaker’s son eyed this prime land and drew up an elaborate design to grab it in news.

He chose the land for the construction of a multiplex. To this end, he exerted pressure on RTC officials to get their staff quarters vacated so that the corporation could call for tender to develop this land on BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) basis.

Once tenders were called for, he threatened others from participating in the bidding process. Thus, he secured valuable land worth Rs. 20 crores at a token rent of Rs 1 lakh per month.

Concluding Remark

The Chandrababu Naidu (the real who is 420 in AP) regime saw a massive corruption which cannot be compared to none. The anger and the dissent of the public is something that cannot be ignored and hence the public should use their powers correctly.

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