Hyderabad: To keep land sharks at bay, Hyderabad district administration has started to map prime government lands in the city using Google Maps.
The district administration has so far identified and threw a protective ring for as many as 90 acres and 18 guntas land worth over Rs 369 crore thereby making it safe from possible encroachments.
Given the chances of these lands falling prey to the designs of land grabbers, officials have started mapping them for use as digital evidence if required in future, an official said.
The evidence will be used in the courts in case if anyone stakes claim over ownership of the land. The details of the government lands will be incorporated in the land bank for future references. Revenue Divisional Officer Sarala Vandanam said the task of mapping the open government lands had been entrusted to the tahsildars concerned.
“We will complete the task shortly without any legal problems as we have identified and protected 90 acres land,” she said.
Hyderabad Collector Yogita Rana had already instructed the Village Revenue Officers (VROs) and Village Revenue Assistants (VRAs) to inspect the government lands and take photographs for uploading them in land bank.
In turn, the VROs have started identifying these parcels of land and erecting boards indicating them as at sites belonging to government. A regular inspection is being carried out on these places so as to ensure that no unauthorised activity takes place there, another official said.
As many as 130 sites measuring 60 to 70 acres, have been identified for iron fencing or constructing compound walls around the premises.
The administration is also taking steps to file counters in court in 300 cases related to land soon and priority has been accorded to top 150 lands. It has to file counters in over 800 cases. These lands were located across 16 mandals. Of these 200 cases were from Secunderabad alone, the official added.