Hyderabad: The Committee of Officers headed by Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Commissioner M Raghunandan Rao fast-tracked its probe into the alleged encroachment of endowment lands belonging to Sri Seetha Rama Swamy temple at Devaryamjal village in Shamirpet mandal of Medchal Malkajgiri district on Tuesday.
The officials who visited the village and held consultations with the local authorities as well as complainants on Monday, started a field survey in the village. Sources said the officers team was confident of completing the land survey and submitting its report to the State government within the next two-three days.
About eight teams were formed to conduct the survey of more than 2,000 acre including 1,521 acre belonging to the temple worth more than Rs 1,000 crore. Besides field verification, the survey officers of different levels are also conducting Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) surveys.
Other teams of revenue officials are also interacting with the locals to verify the ownership of these lands especially those who have encroached upon them.
As per the work division completed on Monday, the officers team led by Raghunandan Rao is directly monitoring the survey on a regular basis. The officials are also collecting information about the land documents for verification including records pertaining to sale and purchase of these lands. They are also verifying constructions taken up on temple lands without any valid permissions and in utter violation of several laws.
The State government ordered an enquiry into the allegations of land encroachments following several complaints from the locals informing about large scale encroachments and illegal transactions of temple lands in Devaryamjal.