Hyderabad: The Committee of Officers probing into the alleged encroachment of lands belonging to Sri Seetha Rama Swamy temple at Devaryamjal, have begun the exercise of identifying the encroachers using details furnished in documents available with the Panchayat Raj, Municipal, Registration and Electricity authorities. The Municipal authorities also issued notices to the illegal godowns constructed on these lands.
The inquiry entered its fifth day and efforts are underway to identify the culprits who carried out illegal constructions on the Devaryamjal temple lands in Medchal-Malkajgiri district. The Committee of Officers continued its investigation from the office of Revenue Divisional Officer of Medchal-Malkajgiri.
Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Commissioner M Raghunandan Rao, Medchal-Malkajgiri in-charge collector Swetha Mohanty, Macherial collector Bharathi Holikeri and Nalgonda collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil, interacted with the officials concerned to ascertain the basis for registration of the endowment lands and also for providing electricity connection.
It may be recalled that the Committee of Officers have identified 160 illegal structures in the endowment lands spread over 1,521 acres in Devaryamjal. After identifying the owners of these structures based on the available data, the officials will serve notices and also initiate necessary action against them. The officials are also probing into the encroachers of the vacant lands pertaining to the temple. They said the investigation is in the final stages.
Meanwhile, the Thumkunta municipal authorities issued notices to eight godowns which are being constructed without permissions on the endowment lands. They also stalled the construction of a few other structures in these lands. The officials of Anti Corruption Bureau and Vigilance, recently questioned two of the five panchayat officers who worked in Devaryamjal gram panchayat, while they are likely to question the remaining three officers in the next couple of days.
On the other hand, there is an increasing demand from the locals to restore the endowment lands belonging to Sri Seetha Rama Swamy temple in Devaryamjal which has a history of thousands of years. They are hopeful that the temple can be developed further, if the endowment lands are returned to the temple.
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